If you want to permanently replace missing or broken teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution! A dental implant is an artificial tooth root with a crown attached at the top that fills in the gap from a missing tooth. Implants are effective in preventing jaw bone loss and can preserve facial features by filling out hollow spaces in the cheeks. Our dentist in Reno, NV, outlines some commonly asked questions below.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Getting dental implants should not be painful, as a local anesthetic or sedation method will be used during the procedure — though you may experience some discomfort and swelling during the healing process. There may be bruising around the implant site as well, but that should subside within a week. To combat any potential pain after your surgery, you can take NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or Advil), or discuss other pain management options with our dentist.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

There are a few criteria that you have to meet in order to get dental implants. We will look at the health of your teeth, gums, and bones during your evaluation. You must have adequate bone density, which will be analyzed with x-rays, to ensure that there is enough bone to anchor the implant. If your bone isn’t dense enough, we will discuss the possibility of bone grafts to ensure that the implant is successful.

Additionally, any cavities or dental health issues will need to be resolved before implants are placed.

How Long Does Healing Take? 

Healing can take up to six months after your procedure. It’s advisable to quit smoking. During the first week of healing, you will only be able to eat soft foods. It’s critical to keep the implant clean during healing and brush and floss normally to ensure that the implant fuses to the bone.

If these guidelines are followed and you maintain proper hygiene, implants can last for decades!

Contact Our Dentist in Reno, NV, for More Information

To get in contact with our friendly team at Atencio Dentistry, call our Reno office today at 775-298-6108!


Your 5-Star-Rated & New Favorite Dentist in Northern Nevada

The team at Atencio family dentistry is amazing. The entire staff is kind, courteous, professional and most of all understanding of your needs. The prices are very reasonable and Dr. Atencio's work is perfection. Their dedication to professionalism and the highest quality dental care is why I only trust Atencio family dentistry. Well worth the drive for a great dental experience. See you next time.

- Justin warren b 5 star review

Had a recent visit to Atencio Dentistry as a new patient; staff was wonderful and accommodating to my disability needs from appointment scheduling to cleaning. My hygienist was very gentle. Dr. Atencio was present to review my dental X-rays and properly evaluated what needed to be done. Needed referral for evaluation for my jaw discomfort. Will be back to get what needs to be done and for my next cleaning.

- Donna abilene r 5 star review

Dr. Atencio and his staff are so friendly, kind, gentle and professional! I had a tooth pulled today, and everyone was awesome. Dr. Atencio was amazing and when he was done I was shocked that the tooth had been pulled. I highly recommend Dr. Atencio for any of your dental needs!

- Jeff j parel 5 star review

I like Karian, my new hygienist. She is personable, professional, knows her craft and made me feel comfortable and at ease. A very nice addition to Atencio's team. I also love the new air filtering equipment that has been added in each hygienist work station. An extra measure of precaution during this pandemic.
Nice to see a profession that is so proactive and protective during these challenging times

- Maggie kathleen a 5 star review

Excellent!! Wish I could give more stars as I am deathly afraid of the dentist and this office is amazing. Love the fact I can have nitrous oxide for cleanings. Sarah the dental hygienist is amazing!!! Best Dentist (Dr. Atencio) I have ever had in my 59 years!!! Thank you

- Cathy julius w 5 star review

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Our Reno, NV
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Reno, NV 89509


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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 4PM

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