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.