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Is Cosmetic Dentistry Painful?

August 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 2:55 am

Woman in dental chair smilingIf you’re insecure about discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth, your cosmetic dentist can turn your dream smile into reality. Don’t worry, you won’t need to stress about a painful day at the dentist. Your dentist will take every precaution to keep you comfortable using state-of-the-art solutions. Here is how you can enjoy a pain-free journey to an attractive smile using the latest innovations in dentistry.

Advanced Technology and Techniques

Dentistry evolves continuously to provide the most advanced technologies and techniques to better the patient experience. From the consultation to your final appointment, your dentist will incorporate various technological advancements in your treatment plan to prevent any discomfort, like a digital impression system. You won’t have to hold a messy impression material in your mouth, which is perfect for patients with dental issues, a strong gag reflex, or TMD. If you need an X-ray, you don’t have to bite onto a hard film strip anymore with a digital impression system.

Besides using the latest technologies, your dentist will also keep your comfort their top priority the entire time you’re in the dental chair, like using a numbing agent before any procedure. In some cases, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you need a complex or lengthy procedure. Rest assured, your dental team will do everything they can to keep the process comfortable. 

Recovering from Cosmetic Dentistry

Although you won’t have any pain during your procedure, some cosmetic treatments may make your mouth sore temporarily. Here are a few easy tips to manage any pain while you are on the road to recovery:

  • Expect Numbness: It can take a few hours for numbness to subside. It’s best to avoid hot foods or drinks to prevent accidental burns. 
  • Manage Your Pain: Take an OTC pain reliever and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce discomfort.
  • Watch What You Eat: Avoid any hard or chewy foods. Eat softer foods until any oral pain subsides. 
  • Rinse Your Mouth: Use a salt water rinse to kill bacteria and decrease pain and inflammation. 
  • Maintain Your Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss every night, unless your dentist instructs you otherwise. 

No one looks forward to a painful dental appointment, but there’s nothing to fear. Your cosmetic dentist will create the personalized plan you need to reach your goals. They will calm your nerves, so you can sit back and relax while achieving the attractive smile you desire.

About Dr. Christina Church

Dr. Church earned her dental degree at the Medical College of Georgia and continued her training in advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry, CAD/CAM technology, and Invisalign. She combines her training and qualifications with elite technologies to create healthy, beautiful smiles using patient-focused care. Dr. Church strives to keep each patient comfortable and relaxed. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact our office today to request your consultation.