How Much Pain Is Involved With Getting Dental Implants?

Pain is a common concern among patients planning to get dental implants. While any form of dental surgery does come with some discomfort, patients generally find that the pain of dental implants is minimal, and the results are well worth the recovery process.

Because dental implant surgery is performed with either local or general anesthesia, the procedure itself is not painful. Your mouth will be numb as implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. If you are concerned about discomfort during the procedure itself, ask your dentist about sedative options which can make you more relaxed while in the dentist’s chair.



After each surgical stage, some degree of pain and discomfort is to be expected. Many patients find that pain is one of the first things they notice after getting an implant, once the anesthesia wears off. Following dental implant surgery, your dentist may prescribe a pain reliever to alleviate discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers are also available.

You can expect soreness in the area where the implant is being placed, as well as in the jawbone surrounding this area. Drilling a hole into the jawbone does cause some discomfort for about a week after the procedure.  Depending on where the implant is located, this pain may extend to the cheeks, the chin, or underneath the eyes. Most patients find the pain of dental implant surgery to be roughly equivalent to that of getting a tooth pulled or getting a root canal, although the degree of discomfort varies from patient to patient.

There are several factors that can affect the amount of pain felt after dental implant surgery. If your surgery was particularly complex, or if it required bone grafting, sinus surgery, or other additional treatments, you can expect more pain afterwards. The good news is that most patients find the subsequent stage of dental implant placement, in which the crown is placed on top of the implanted screw, to be less painful than the initial procedure, which involves drilling into the jaw bone.



Other side effects you may experience include bruising, bleeding, and swelling. All of your side effects should disappear within a week to ten days. Some patients find that the initial discomfort wears off in 2 to 3 days, but returns on the 4th and 5th days. This is normal, and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong, particularly if the pain is not accompanied by increased swelling. In order to reduce pain and other side effects, you can apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth, over the implant area. Get plenty of rest so that your body can start the healing process.

The recovery after dental implant surgery depends on many factors, and each patient’s recovery process is unique. Some people heal faster than others. If you still have pain two or three weeks after the surgery, contact your dentist, as lingering pain could signify an infection or another problem with the implant. If you have any questions about whether the side effects you experience are normal, contact your dentist.


 

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Cindy November 15, 2012 at 6:22 am

I’ve done a root canal on one of my teeth,after a year my front tooth became dark and it affected the next tooth,I wanna do dental implant but I’m wondering if they’re going to take out all of my teeth on top because they don’t have the same sizes.I’m pretty sure as well that it’ll be expensive,I can’t pay it all at once.is there any way that I can pay every month?

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admin December 24, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi Cindy,

Dental implants have come a long way in recent years so they should be able to implant just the affected tooth. With regards to paying for it all, there are some financing options that we’re aware of that have been used by others with much success like a company called Care Credit. Best of luck to you.

-Lance

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Sara January 27, 2013 at 9:56 am

My experiences with dental implants where mostly positive. I had some residual pain afterwards but for the most part (after 2 months) the pain has subsided and its looks much better than it did previously. I’m really happy with the results.

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David May 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Just had implant surgery yesterday for a front tooth. Very surprised as there was no sensation of discomfort whatsoever during the surgery. I felt the drilling of the jawbone but this was just a mild vibration lasting about 10 seconds – no discomfort whatsoever….I`ll repeat that !!! Even now, one day after the process, there is no pain and I have not even had to take any analgesics. Honestly, I would not even know I had anything done, other than that I feel the gum stitches on the tip of my tongue. All thanks to my dental surgeon…the problem is now that I feel confident to have more work done !!!

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Alam November 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hi David, It’s nice to know you are happy after procedure. I also need to have dental implant but I’m very confused about where to go! Would please email me the address of your dentist?
(chowdhuryrocky81 [at] yahoo.co.uk)

Many Thanks,
Alam

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Gus March 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hi David,

would you please send me the contact information for your dentist?

Thanks,
Gus

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Lynne April 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Hi, can I have the name and number of your dental surgeon please?

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Samantha Sims May 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

really. This sounds like it was written by the dental surgeon himself.

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Joy Luke May 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I had implant surgery 18 days ago and have not had one moments discomfort from it. However, now I am dealing with severe pain in two teeth that were near the surgery sites. It feels like I need two root canals, but I want to make sure that it is not from the surgery.

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niresh June 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

Hi,

I had a dental implant surgery on February 2013, dentist drilled the bone and place a metal in it. Now (after more than 3 months) I feel pain entire face.

Thanks
Niresh

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Paul June 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

Just had a crown placed on my implant screw yesterday morning. Had to have my gum deadened because of pain during procedure. When anesthetic wore off around 2 PM, I had to start popping Tylenol, and have been doing so ever since. Didn’t get much sleep last night. Also have swelling on lingual side of gum. Not a happy camper. Can’t deal with this pain much longer….

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Mimi June 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I had my implant surgery on June 7th, a week ago, and I’m still in pain. The first day was fine, but the second day my jar started to swell and pain started. I went to the dentist but there was no sign of infection and he told me that my bone was reacting it now and it would go away soon. The third day I realized that a tooth next to the implant was moving and very sensitive. Now everyday I’m surviving with pain killer but I wonder how long it would last?

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Lynne July 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I had the pin implanted on Tuesday 7/9. It is now six days later, I have not slept in three days…I am in agony. I am afraid I am going to OD on pain killers. I only get relief for about 1 hour. What has everyone else done to resolve this pain???

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Joy June 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

I just had the screw into the bone on June10th. I have been on antibiotic since then but the pain has been there since the first day up until now which has been almost two weeks now and I am also surviving everyday with pain killer taken every 8-12 hours a day..

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Sara September 10, 2013 at 3:10 am

Hi Joy,

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-Sara

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Shannon September 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I had my implant placed two weeks ago and have had severe pain since then. My dentist said the pain should be minimal however I have been taking pain killers nonstop with little relief. This morning I woke up with the most excruciating pain yet. I also have tried the essential oils with very temporary relief. I am trying to get in to see my dentist today as well. My general physician thinks I may have nerve damage but wants me to see my dentist first. Any other suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Samantha Sims May 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Its been an awful experience and I will never do it again. The implant surgery was extremely painful and the caps were even worse. The dentist said it would be a 1/10, and its been a 9/10 (10 being the worst, and 1 being the lowest amount of pain). I’ve been taking codeine all yesterday and all night to sleep. The pain wakes me up when the drug wears off. I absolutely hate the whole thing and regret this decision so much. A bridge would have been done quickly and without pain, but the dental receptionist raved about his implants and said there was no pain involved, and I stupidly believed him.

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Alex July 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

This is very odd. I had my implant 5 days ago and so far the pain has been 1/10 of what it was when I had a a mouth ulcer.

I felt nothing during my surgery and I felt nothing after apart from day 4 where the stitches got a bit sore. The most painful thing right now is a mouth ulcer that I have, not the actual titanium in my gums :S

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Norma September 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I had an implant done almost two weeks ago. THe next day I was fine, thought “that was easy!” the following day was in pain and woke up looking like the elephant man (woman) one side of my face got swollen and i was in pain and in bed for almost three days on codeien, tylenol, ice packs and antibiotics. Antibiotics are for two weeks. After one week I was off all pain meds. My swelling is finally down and I look somewhat normal. I feel very little pain now, but I am being very careful not to chew on that side at all. Still on antibiotics. I hope this works out well and it is all worth it in the end :) rough experience for me.

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Heather September 13, 2013 at 5:28 am

I had two screws/pins placed this morning next to each other (top, right side). The procedure itself I didnt really feel anything. Once I left the oral surgeons office it really started to hurt. About an hour after I left I was in severe pain. The anesthetic wore off pretty quickly! Wasnt expecting that. Its been about 12 hours and at this point I’d rather give birth “naturally” then to have ever of done the two implants. I think they purposely dont tell you a few of the steps so that you will come back and have the procedure done. I wasn’t told I was goint to have 8 stitches toward the roof of my mouth for two weeks! You could take my pulse on the roof of my mouth right now!!! The pain is unbelievable to say the very least! Then im reading other people’s comments…if im in this much pain for much longer- this isn’t going to be pretty. I am seriously frustrated!!

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Richard September 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

Last year I had serveral implants as well as a bone graft and felt very little discomfort. 3 days ago I had my final implant and have experienced pain unlike I have never felt. The pain is constant and I am extremely agitated. Pain killers are only dulling the pain and the only relief I get, believe it or not, is to walk. When I just can’t take it any longer I walk, some times 3 to 5 miles. I find the cadence eases the pain to the point of feeling normal. Within 30 minutes of sitting down the pain is back…so I walk again. Luckily my dog is excited.

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marc October 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I have had the same experience. My dentist told me nothing and soon found him taking skin from the roof of my mouth as well. No discussion at all. He gave me a shot and started the process. I stopped him and found out what was going on. A brutal guy who was nice before the whole process started. I gave him a choice…either tone it down a few notches, fill me in on what is going on, anticipate questions, or he can refer me somewhere else at his expense. I am pissed and feel like I have been assulted.

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Jen September 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Nightmare with dental implants!

My father got them b/c he had a dentist that liked to $drill$, it turned out that when his dentist ‘retired’ we looked at his X-rays and he really only needed 2 and had mild cavities – the dentist root canaled all his molars. Long story short, the root canals back then fell out.

He decided to get implants. Keep in mind, my father once pulled his own tooth – he has a high tolerance to pain.

He got implants and the doctor sent him home with Tylenol 3. He didn’t know about pain medicine (still does not, I do b/c my husband is a M.D.)

I was angry that my father had to fight w/ a dentist after paying him $30,000 + to get something for the pain. It only lasted for a couple months but no patient should ever be:
- treated this way
- have to feel they are a “junkie” if my father were one; he would not be able to afford implants.
- be based on other statistics. Just because other patients may have not experienced pain, it is unfair to expect that a patient should not have pain.

I am 100% aware of the epidemic of people getting addicted to pain medicine — it takes MONTHS to get actually go through an opiate withdrawal, not two months. He did not did even take them everyday. It took my husband to call the dentist – so wrong!

My point of this comment is to caution people that you maybe that 2% to experience severe pain and talk to your dentist ahead of time and tell them your fear.

It is important to note the experience above did NOT happen the Dentist affiliated with this site.

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Kristine January 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

This is why DENTAL is not a part of our regular health insurance.
Dentists and periodontists, are so expensive and they guarantee, nothing! This is so wrong, and to “throw everyone in the same pot”, as far as pain, is ignorant. The pain medication should be prescribed if you need it. If you do not then, throw it out.

I have had teeth pulled with no problems or pain. The last two teeth pulled for this implant I am getting next week, hurt so bad, that I was ready to drive to the dentist house and scream at him, @ 2am.

Now, after having bone grafting for these implants, I read that “graft” people, have more pain. I layed in a chair and bawled for 6 days. I had earaches, and my EYES, were the worst, just getting (2) teeth pulled. (upper left & right side)

I have called ahead this time, and told them to make sure and prescribe something, so I do not suffer, like the last time.

I am paying, $10,000.00, for this entire procedure, for (2) impants, bone grafting, (2) teeth pulled, crown(s) and that giant anesthesia bill. I hear my regular insurance MIGHT, pick up 5% of that…whooop-de-doo!

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Jen September 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I also forgot to mention that my father is happy with his implants.

(See my previous comment!)

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Debbie October 14, 2013 at 4:13 am

Hi, It’s monday morning and I have been awake since 03:00 with pain. Two days ago I had my UL1 and UR1 implants placed. I can genuinely say, having had every type of dental procedure there is, (apicectomy, RCT, XLA, Orthodontics and many more) this pain has to be the equivalent to an infection. Im really suffering here! I work as a dental nurse so know the ins and outs but feel slightly miffed that my dentist didnt prescribe me anything to reduce the pain. I will be going back to work tomorrow to have a little rant. Im exhausted! at the moment I dont feel like it was worth it, and wont be having anymore placed in the future. (even if i do get them for free).

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Brian October 16, 2013 at 2:30 am

I just had a crown and post fall out and am told that I need either an implant or bridge. My nerves are not all where they are supposed to be and most dentists have problems numbing me. I am very concerned about pain during the procedure but after reading most of the comments here I am now equally concerned about potential pain afterwards. Thoughts?

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Samantha October 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

I just got the 1st part of the procedure this morning. Dentists also have issues numbing me. They give you a bunch of shots (I got 2 done, one for both my lateral teeth, so it could have been because of that) and I felt absolutely nothing during it. I just felt the vibrations which feel weird, but not painful. I have some pain after it, but it’s to be expected considering they drilled into two parts of my jaw. They prescribed me some strong ibuprofen for the pain so it’s not too bad as long as I took it.

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Brian October 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

That’s good to hear. Maybe mine will go as well.

Thank you

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AW October 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

I had 2 lower implants (with bone graft of tori) 8 days ago and still have excruciating pain. I just finished antibiotics and am taking pain meds at least 4x day. I can’t concentrate on anything at work. I was given Tylenol 3 which knocks me out until I wake up again in pain.

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Michelle October 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

I had my first implant four days ago. Due to fact that my oral surgeon took some fancy cat scan ($350), he was able to place the implant with a very small incision – no stiches and no blood. I had mild discomfort and some swelling but advil worked for that for 3 days. On day 4, everything seems fine… barely even know I had it.

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lisanne November 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

I had an implant procedure done 4 months ago which went well and I was almost ready for a crown. But now I have had two weeks of growing pain where I wake up in pain at night regardless of the ketorolac and tylenol I am taking. The implant dentist took xrays and tested the implant and said all was well except for a bit of inflammation. He thought it was perhaps a blocked salivary gland and send me back to my reg. dentist. She thought I may have some kind of nerve problem like a gum “cold sore”. They sent me to the root canal specialist who says I need a root canal in the molar next to it. So now I am in great pain going for root canal in the morning and he says he can’t guarantee that that will fix the problem. I have never had any pain ever like this.

Originally before I had the implant done I had low grade pain in the molar. After a crown and then a root canal with more pain a year later I was told that I had a resorption problem so I had to have it taken out and eventually had the implant with no problem till now 4 months later.
Anyways the pain sucks all on the right side of my face from eye socket to lower jaw! Any ideas what to do out there?

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Misty May 9, 2014 at 2:42 am

It sounds like you need a good round of antibiotics and pain meds to get you through this infection. Infection is really the only thing that can cause this type of pain. Antibiotics are the only thing that will get rid of it. I had 2 implants placed about 5 years ago and it was a piece of cake start to finish. Minimal pain and swelling and it looks great! 4 days ago I had 2 more placed. I didnt even get out of the office before feeling the worst pain ever. It immediately felt like infection. I went back the next day and was told it was just more tender than most patients because of my recent bone graft and blood flow. Today in even more pain I went back to pick of a prescription for stronger pain meds and the dentist on duty asked to take a look. He found it to be severely swollen will a huge pocket of infection , which he drained. He tried to numb the area first but it only made it worse. As for now Im in more pain than ever taking to stronger meds like candy only to get minor relief. I dont think our doctors are in any way trying to pull one over on us so to speak. I think it is just different from patient to patient from procedure to procedure. I do think it is completely ridiculous for Doctors to withhold giving out pain meds! We do pay a lot , I mean a lot for these implants and even if its only 2% of patients that experience this much pain. Thats still 2%. There to me is no worse pain and they should know that. I hope this helps some of you that are in pain or contemplating having it done. I can not stress enough that if you are in that much pain , it most likely is infected . If you are currently on antibiotics and have been for at least 48 hrs and still no relief , even the slightest contact your doctor and have them change your antibiotic. It may not be strong enough , it may not be the right one for this particular type of bacteria. Dont give up! Be your own health advocate!

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Tonya November 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

I just had to implants done yesterday, one on each side of my lower jaw. The left side needed a bone graft and the other did not. The side that DID NOT get the bone graft hurts. It’s a dull pain and my dr. Prescribed me Vicodin and Motrin 800. It helps with the pain but it’s making me very nauseous. I’m told to not take on an empty stomach however I am limited to liquid foods because both sides of my mouth are affected. I’ve been in bed all day and I’m hoping I feel normal soon. I requested laughing gas during the procedure and that helped calm my nerves. I felt like I drank a whole bottle of wine and didn’t have a care in the world. I also brought headphones so I wouldn’t have to hear the drill.

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Chris May 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

A lot of people aren’t aware that meds like Motrin (NSAIDS) are bad for anyone with irritable bowel or other gastro-intestinal afflictions. I have Crohn’s in my family and was prescribed Advil for dental pain and it made me sick for days. All I can take is a little tylenol (which can damage your liver) and codiene for pain. So, 3 weeks after having 2 posts inserted into my upper jaw bone, I’m still taking them. The pain keeps me awake at night. My dentist spent 5 minutes palpating my jaw so hard I was weeping in the chair, and it did nothing for the pain. Concerned that one of the screws might be in too far (it looked very deep on the xray) and might be irritating a nerve. The other thing I’m worried about is that the single tooth flanked on either side by the inserted posts is now loose and that might be the source of pain. Don’t trust my dentist now (because he insisted it was a ‘knot’ in my jaw….I’m in excrutiating pain, of course there’s a knot in my jaw!)

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Shannon November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I had an implant placed 3 days ago. There has been zero pain. Even my TMJ did not flare up. It was an upper tooth so that may be the reason it was so easy, especially for the TMJ. The only problem, and it is not much, is the suture rubbing the inside of my cheek. Aside from that I have to keep reminding myself that I had it done.

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GE November 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

I had dental implant done yesterday, so it’s been about 24 hours. Zero pain, zero issues.

(note: I have had a TON of dental work done in my life)

During surgery: Doctor put a think on my nose that pumped me with oxygen to relax. Said it would make me feel like I had 3 glasses of wine. It worked. I was cracking jokes while he was drilling on me. Actually surgery fairly pain free. Actually drilling was fairly minimal.

After surgery: Had minor gum bleeding for about 3 hours after surgery. After numbness wore off, I was bracing for the massive pain to hit. It never did. Zero pain. Zero pain overnight. Zero pain today. No swelling at all. No facial bruising at all. Feels like I had nothing done really.

I am on anti-inflamatory pills, antibiotic, and I have a strong pain killer but have not had to take it.

Hopefully I didn’t jinx it.

I had it done at a dental implant specialist in Sao Paulo, Brazil where I live.

Cost: About US$3,300 for entire process – which included several pre surgery appointments, 2 dental guards to prevent teeth grinding, molds of my entire mouth, and also a specialized 3D x ray thing (can’t remember what it was exactly called but it was pretty cool).

Go back for follow up appointment today and in 48 hours to get temp tooth in.

Needless to say, so far, I have been happy.

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Kristine January 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Good for you…the USA is so behind on newer methods. I am getting (2) done January 14, 2014, so wish me luck. I am terrified, because the (2) teeth he pulled, hurt me for 6 days. I literally could not open my eyes, and I had teeth pulled before.
I was thinking of leaving the country to have it done, but when I found out I needed the bone grafting and then (3) months in between, it did not seem to make sense. (2 trips)
I hate mouth pain and I also worry about the teeth next to the ones getting implants.

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Helen November 28, 2013 at 5:29 am

I am due to have an implant on my upper right front tooth.. I must admit I am very nervous about both the pain factor, and that the dentist will be drilling up into the front of my upper jaw. Has anyone else had a front tooth done? Should I ask for a general anesthetic or is local okay? Yes, I’m a scare’d'cat!

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Judy January 28, 2014 at 3:18 am

Just had my implant placed 6 days ago. Having lots of pain. How are you doing now? Need some words of encouragement…

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Jane December 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Just got an implant inserted (front upper tooth) four days ago. The pain seems to have worn off, but there’s some discomfort because of the excessive saliva and the uncomfortable maryland bridge. As of today I started tasting pus, which is worrying… My dentist is abroad, which makes it awkward. I think I will take antibiotics for the next week or so and keep my fingers crossed. Any similar experiences or advice?

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Joe Mae January 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Hi all

I have just got 5 dental implants done today. Took about 2.5hrs including CT scan and X Rays.
The procedure itself was NOT sore. Let me reiterate on that NOT SORE. A little weird perhaps because of drilling and slicing of gums. But that’s all psychological cause your gums are frozen so it’s your imagination guessing what they are actually doing in there.

All the anesthesia has worn of and so far there is a slight throbbing pain. But it feels like it’s coming from where the injections where. I had about 10 to freeze the gum. Which wasn’t sore at the time of getting them.

Fingers crossed it doesn’t get worse. I have taken paracetamol. I’ll update all of you tomorrow.

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mary January 31, 2014 at 1:58 am

The screw came out of the bone, had it put back in today and let me tell you, my mouth is throbbing so bad I had to call for pain meds.

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Joe Mae February 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Hey Everyone,

All, just an update to let you all know that after 3 days I still have NO PAIN!
I’d rather get dental implants than the wasp sting I got in the summer!! If anyone wants to contact me ck00@hotmail.com

-Joe

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Alex wilkinson February 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm

hi there – I am in the uk and had 2 upper front implants placed 15 days ago. Whilst it is not a pleasant experience, it wasn’t horrendous and for 6 days really had no pain at all– mild discomfort.
the second week it is sore and about once a day I take 400 ibuprofen. The most soothing thing I find is a warm salt water gargle sloshed around which also keeps it clean. I had a bone graft too and think it is this that’s still irritated whilst it gets a blood supply. Don’t know what it is like to have the crown on yet, but so far it hasn’t been too bad …hope this reassures!

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Jess February 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I just had implant this morning! On the top front. The shots in the too of my mouth weren’t as bad as I remember. And the drilling wasn’t terrible although at times I felt like my head was in a washer on spin cycle. But now that I am home and an hour later I am in agony. It hurts sooo bad where he drilled. I am on Percocet and thy take the EDGe off and I mean only the edge, I am left with a throbbing(not sharp) deep pain unlike any Toothache I’ve ever felt. Very strange and a very new pain. I hope I am better by tomorrow. This is terrible. My dentist is awesome and he did a great job! It’s just me, I have an incredible low tolerance for pain. Even so this has got to hurt anyone. But he did a great job and I can’t wait to see my new teeth in about 4 months!

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Chris March 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

If oral surgeons would just be up front about the pain, then an informed decision could be made.

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Samantha Sims May 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

They withhold that information, which is crucial to your decision, and in my opinion, it is the same as lying to you. I would never have gone through with this if they had been honest with me, and let’s not hide behind the second lie that its different for everyone. It’s dam painful and everyone should be made aware of it. How much more money is made on implants as opposed to crowns ? It seems to be such a LONG DRAWN OUT procedure. And not to mention needing antibiotics and pain killers which constipate your system and harm your liver. Ive been on T-3′s for 3 days now.

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Roisin Greenall February 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hi, I had a tooth extraction on one of my molars and it didn’t cause me no pain throughout the procedure however after it. It did ache for a while and did bleed quite a bit. I was just wondering if having a dental implant would be the same as the tooth extraction. e.g the pain afterword and during the procedure
Thank You in advance.

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Gayle Manale February 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I had my two front teeth, which were crowned, pulled & implants put in on 2-18-14. I have been in excruciating pain since I had it done. Today is 2-28-14…. and I can’t get away from the pain. Pain killers, anti-inflamatories, nothing helps. I don’t know how much longer I can stand this. I’ve had all of my upper teeth crowned so I’m familiar with dental work. Had I known this was going to be so painful, I would NEVER have had this done. I’m ready to have them taken out & just wear a bridge. Honestly, natural childbirth is less painful than these implants. I do NOT recommend them to anybody.

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Val Branch March 3, 2014 at 1:27 am

It has been six weeks since I had a dental implant placed in tooth no. 12 (one week after extraction). It has hurt pretty severely since the operation (the surgery itself was very painful with lidocaine). Another dentist confirmed it was infected. Have been taking clindamycin for six weeks. Two weeks ago the implant was removed and a membrane put in to prevent dry socket. The pain has diminished very little. Will be going to an oral surgeon in two days to get another opinion as to what is going on. I am afraid it might have progressed to osteomyelitis and afraid of what could be happening to adjacent teeth.
I have four other implants (by other dentists) and never had the pain that I have experienced with this one. So frustrated.

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SUZANN March 17, 2014 at 7:19 am

MY HUSBAND JUST HAD IMPLANT 1ST SURGERY WITH BONE GRAFTS FOR 3 TEETH. He NEVER complains and has a high tolerance to pain. But this is the worst thing that ever could have happened. He cannot stop taking the pain medication. We went back to the surgeon as an emergency patient because of the pain but dentist said he should have this pain for 4-6 weeks! Are they for real. Why didn’t they say that before it was started. No wonder people don’t go back to finish the treatment. We have tried orajel, Hydrocodone 10, warm salt water, eating only soft food. Nothing helps. I feel so sorry for him and don’t know what could help. It also makes me worry that the bone grafts are doing this.

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Chris March 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Have the surgeon check if the nerve has been touched by the implant. Also, ask for prescription pain medication, and ice the affected area.

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J March 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

I had tooth 19 lower left molar extracted as well as human cadavar bone graph planted in sept 2013. I had swelling discomfort for a week. There was pain in the teeth on each side of extractin. I called oral surgeon, said first week worse,then pain should subside. Healing total up to 8 weeks. Said pain other teeth cause nerves run to other teeth. It did subside and heal .thank god! Now I’m going in for implant, my friend who had three said you will experience swelling pain and bleeding. The surgeon said you should have soreness but limited pain. I do know they said take antobotics, brush reguarly, and take care yoyr healthor risk infection or loss of implant. I’m scared, but I went this far so hoping I don’t end up like others who had bad experience. Wish me luck!

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P March 21, 2014 at 1:53 am

I had my first tooth implant upper front tooth today. The specialist said it should be faster and simpler than the tooth extraction so I believed him and guess what, to my surprise, it was longer and felt it was going to take forever. I can feel some pain after the anesthesia wore off. I hope the pain will go away completely soon. I’m not sure if a tooth implant was a smart move or just wearing a denture is better. I hope the pain is temporary and will go away very soon.

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Chris March 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I’ve had my fair share of root canal therapy and crowns. I also have had tooth extraction and implant without any problems. BUT, yesterday I had a second implant done and the pain and swelling has been excruciating! The pain is easily breaking through oxycodone pain medication. I know the pain will subside, but you should know that pain can appear even though you’ve had implants done previously without any problems.

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Rebekah March 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I’ve just completed reading so many of the above horror stories concerning placements of implants. So I hope that my story can ease some pain to those anticipating the procedure. I just underwent 4 1/2 hr surgery for the following: 7 teeth extracted, 2 root canals, 3 fillings, 7 teeth with resin surfacing , 2 temporary crowns, stitches to the 7 teeth extracted . I had IV Sedation and felt NO PAIN WHATSOEVER!!. I heard nothing , felt nothing , smelled no metal or dental materials. I awoke fully aware that I was in a dental office, but cannot remember anything about the procedure!! I am taking Vicodin, Motrin and Antibiotics . It has been two weeks now, and my stitches have been removed , and now I heal for three months before starting the 7 implants. After the implant screws are placed , I will wait another 3 months to heal, then the crowns will be placed. My Oral Surgeon has 30 years experience, and is excellent. I did a lot of research before I made an apt . with this dentist! My oral surgeon is known for ” No Pain IV Sedation”. I really am a wimp when it comes to pain , so believe me , this guy knows knows his stuff!!

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Scott March 31, 2014 at 3:28 am

OK…
I currently wear dentures. Full upper, partial lower.
Over the past 8 years, Ive lost a few of the original teeth I had left. So now, Im going in to see my dentist in 4 days (4-3-14) to get my last 2 original teeth pulled, and 2 implants put in.
I have ALWAYS hated going to the dentist, so reading thru these replies/posts sure hasn’t helped my anxiety. Tomorrow, I am going to call him, and see if he can prescribe me something to help with my anxiety (Xanax/Vicodin) before I go in.
And I will be sure to ask for some pain meds, the day I get it done, and go home.

This will be an ongoing post, to keep everyone informed on how it goes for me.

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Scott April 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hello, its been almost a full day.
But I will go back to the beginning….

My daughter drove and dropped me off, since the DDS gave me some Valium (not Vicodin as I said in my previous post) to help with my anxiety. Well, he wanted me to take 1 the night before, 1 the morning of, and 1 an hour before. Well, I am a machine operator, and I work over nights 12 hour shifts. So I don’t think the company wants me taking Valium and running large dangerous machinery. So I took 1 in the parking lot after my shift, drove 20 minutes home, showered, took another, and took the 3rd an hour before my appt. time. Well between the Valium, and being up for 19 hours, Im not sure which it was that had me relaxed/tired.
So, I sit down in the chair, the assistant numbs up my gums with a topical and gives it time to take effect before we get started.
The DDS comes in, takes his usual look around and says “Ok, lets get started!” He gave me what felt like 5-6 shots of novocaine, gave it some time to get to work, then he took out my last 2 remaining teeth. No big deal, no pain, they were loose anyway, and were going to come out in time.
At this point, Im not sure if he cut my gums (Im sure he did to do the work), but I didn’t feel anything! A little bit of scraping, and then the drilling to start the implants. It started out with no pain, just the pressure of the drill and the vibration against my jawbone. This isn’t too bad I thought.
At this point, I will also mention, he was taking a lot of x-rays throughout the procedure. Im guessing to check the alignment, depth, and location of the holes he was drilling in my jaw bone. He went back in a few times to drill a little deeper, more x-rays, a little more drilling, more x-rays. By this time he getting a little too deep, and he could tell by the way I was squirming around, and the fact I about tore the arm off of the chair! So a few more shots of novocaine, give it time to work, and he only had to go back in and drill a little more.
Throughout all the drilling, he was putting the posts in and checking for fit. And yes, more x-rays.
We took about 2 minutes to relax a little bit which was nice.
Other things were going after our little break, but the next thing I remember is he was screwing in the implants with what had to be the coolest little ratchet wrench. I could hear it clicking as he screwed the implants into my jaw bone. When he started out, I couldn’t feel anything. As he continued, I could start to feel the pressure in my jaw. And he kept going. I was about at my limit, and he said lets take a minute, but I need to put in 2 more turns. Well, I think that was the most pain. The 2 extractions – piece of cake, the drilling wasn’t great, the sutures to close it all up – didn’t feel a thing. But the most pain was screwing in the implants.
So an hour and 40 minutes later, Im all done. THANK GOD!!

He called in a steroid, an antibiotic, and a pain med. My daughter drove me home, I passed out on the couch, until my wife called me at 6pm, after she got off for work. I told her that the RX wasn’t ready when my daughter and I stopped by after I got done at the dentist. She said she would stop by on her way home and get them. Well, the store had no record of them being called in. So my wife got on the phone to the dentist. Poor guy….lol. Anyway, he said he did call it in. He told my wife he will would her back after he cleared it up. 10 minutes later, he called her back. The store messed up some how, some way, and filled the RX in about 5 minutes as my wife waited, no “It’ll be ready in an hour.”
She got home about 9pm, and I took my first dose of meds. I wasn’t in a lot of pain, but a little (maybe a 3 outta 10). We ate dinner (Mac and cheese, since I can’t chew), and again I sat down on the couch to watch a little TV and passed out until she woke me up to go to bed.

And now, here it is almost 24 hours after I got out of the chair.
I took my meds with breakfast (yogurt this time) even tho I am not in any pain (ok, maybe a 1 outta 10). Just to keep it maintained, she said. Better to maintain it, then fight it if its bad, she says.

So there you go. My implant surgery experience so far.
And I will update this every other day or so.

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Marlene Mock April 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I had a full lower tooth implant, no surgery only local about 8 to 10 shots to numb my gum . I had 10 screws put in and everything went fine. Had about 2 hours numbness after , the left side of my face is ok now , the right side of my gum and lip is still kind numb and itches like crazy . It’s been now exactly 2 weeks sense it had been done and no relief on my right jaw. If I take Benadryl I feel some relief for the itching. What can I do or how long this this last? I would really like if I would get some respond. Thank you very much yours truly

Magdalena Mock

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Samantha Sims May 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I have never felt so much pain in all my life. This has been the WORST ordeal I’ve ever had. The surgery brought on horrific pain which then turned into 3 more root canals and a broken tooth which had to be pulled. They gave me an option of implants vs a bridge. I should have taken the bridge option. Implants are far more painful and take soooo long, this has been a 4 month ordeal so far. I’ve had to endure paying for a denture, (which I lost bec they are so small and you take them out to eat) and uncomfortable. If I’d ordered a bridge, it would have been over a long time ago, and its been months of an embarassing gap of two teeth. NEVER AGAIN. I don’t know what’s worse, the pain or embarassment of missing teeth, but I do know I’ve had to buy tons of pain killing drugs and antibiotics, which upset the balance of the digestive system and also are very toxic to the liver and kidneys. I felt like a guinea pig experiment the whole time, and like I was never told the whole truth of what was going on.

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Marion June 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Feeling quite worried reading about most peoples experiences as they appear to be very painful ones…..I guess I’m wondering if after the first few weeks/months, are most of you
happy with the final results?

I went for a consultation today in regards to having 3 implants in the near future, but I now feel quite concerned and confused after reading this page about what to do? Any suggestions/advice?

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Marina June 16, 2014 at 7:16 am

I wanted to give some advice that really helped me… If you have gum problems after getting implants, the best way alleviate the pain is to use baking soda mixed in warm salt water and rinse during all time you have these problems. It is only way to recover. Really worked for me..

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kyler June 21, 2014 at 3:15 am

I had my implant put in two days ago and I went in thinking the worst since I read most of the comments on here and got freaked out! However it was a very simple procedure! Went in, they did x-rays, then they numbed my mouth and extracted my tooth where the implant was going to go. After that they drilled and I literally felt nothing! They were able to bond my extracted tooth onto the implant for now so I wouldn’t have a gap while everything healed! They gave me a prescription for pain killers and I have not had to use them yet! The worst pain I’ve had to deal with was trying to eat solid food and even then the pain was no more severe than having your braces tightened(so not bad at all:), and that all went away once I used Tylenol! I’m very pleased with everything so far, and I know the outcome when its all over will be very much worth the money!

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Alicia August 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hey,

I have 6 implants put in on my lower jaw and it was one of the worst pains I’ve ever felt and I have had root canals before. My dentist prescribed me some really good pain meds that helped a lot and lessen the pain. The pain lasted probably about 2 weeks and I had to have the prescription refilled because I was still in a lot of pain. In the end after everything has healed, I am very happy with the results and I would go through the whole horrible ordeal again. I am even going back again tomorrow for upper implants now that it has been a little over a year since I had the lower ones done.

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