Does Getting a Dental Implant Hurt?
Dental implants are the leading form of dental restoration for patients suffering from tooth loss, due to the fact that they mimic the function of a natural tooth. During a dental implant treatment, a titanium implant is placed in the jawbone, serving as the tooth’s root.
Many tooth loss patients are deterred from dental implant treatments out of fear that it will be painful. After all, the idea of having a titanium screw surgically implanted in the jawbone would make most people wince in pain. However, many people are surprised to find out that dental implant patients actually feel minimal discomfort during their treatment. Most patients claim that the dental implant treatment itself hurt far less than the actual tooth extraction process.
Skilled implant dentists are able to place dental implants in a precise location while using local anesthesia, so the patient feels minimal discomfort. Most dentists will also recommend sedation dentistry for patients suffering from dental anxiety, so they can undergo the treatment without any fear or discomfort.
Do Dental Implants Hurt
Dental implant surgery is fairly straightforward. After your implant surgery, you will be able to laugh, talk, and eat without having to worry about annoying denture discomforts. Most patients are not concerned about their dental implant treatment hurting after its healed, they are more worried that the treatment itself will hurt.
During your dental implant surgery, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site. Most patients cite the numbing shot as the most discomfort they feel during the entire treatment. Once the area is completely numb, we will make a small incision, then place the implant into the jawbone.
Due to the fact that the area is anesthetized combined with the fact there there are few pain receptors in the jawbone, patients are able to feel little pain during this process. Once the implant is placed, we will stitch the wound shut. Once you are home, it is important to follow our aftercare instructions, along with suggestions for main management at home.
Choosing Sedation Dentistry for Dental Implants
For patients with dental anxiety or even if you feel uncomfortable with the sound of drilling or smells of a dental office, we might recommend sedative options to make the treatment more comfortable. Depending on your level of anxiety, we will either recommend oral sedation, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation. During most sedation options, you will be able to remain awake and relaxed, while still being able to respond to questions and move when your jaw or head needs to be repositioned.
Why Your Dental Implant Might Be Hurting
Once your anesthesia has worn off after the treatment, you can expect to feel some soreness and discomfort. For patients who need a bone graft or sinus lift, you might feel more discomfort than if you had undergone a regular treatment. It will be normal for you to experience discomfort for about 10 days after your surgery with swelling subsiding within 3-5 days.
If you’re still experiencing pain or discomfort 2 weeks after your treatment, you should contact your dentist immediately, as this might be the sign of an infection. For patients still experiencing pain after 3-4 months, one of the following causes might be at play:
● An autoimmune disease
● Poor blood supply
● Bad interaction with medication
● Poor overall health
● Dental implant overloading
● Rejection of the implant
● Allergic reaction
● Nerve or tissue damage
While the above cases are rare, you should still schedule an appointment immediately to ease discomfort and prevent more issues from occurring.
Tips for Recovering from a Dental Implant Treatment
Beyond finding an experienced dentist, following post-surgery instructions will also improve the success of your treatment. After your surgery, there are many steps you can followed to minimize pain, including:
● Minimize swelling and pain by icing the surgical side of your face with an ice pack or frozen peas wrapped in a towel. Ice the area for about twenty minutes during the first day after your surgery.
● Take Ibuprofen or whichever painkiller your dentist recommends. Typically, we will suggest about 600 mg of Ibuprofen every eight hours.
● Gently soak your gums in warm salt water to soothe the area, being careful to not swish or gargle.
● Avoid solid foods that might inflame the implant site. Try to stick to simple, cold, and soft foods like smoothies, yogurt, or ice cream.
● Avoid strenuous activity immediately after your surgery and give your body downtime to heal.
Don’t let fear of pain hold you back from getting a fully functional and beautiful smile. With modern dental technology, you can feel comfortable during your dental implant treatment. Call our office today to learn more about our dental implant process.