Frequently Asked Questions

Do dental implants hurt?

When deciding to get dental implants, patients are taking a huge step towards an enhanced smile, oral health, and positive self-esteem. However, a common concern that is shared with us is how painful the procedure is and if the results are worth it.

Do dental implants hurt?

Does the dental implant procedure hurt?

The dental implant placement consists, mainly, of three phases. The first one is a surgery to place a screw-shaped post that will osseointegrate with the jawbone working as a root. The second one is the placement of the abutment, followed by the crown being placed on the abutment. However, there might be some cases where other processes are also needed so that the implant won’t fail, such as bone grafting or sinus lifting. That is why the process length may vary from patient to patient.

The beginning of the procedure might sound painful since placing a metallic post requires incisions in the gums so the jawbone can be drilled and after the post is on its site, some stitches might be needed. Nevertheless, the patient will be under general or local anesthesia and the dentist won’t start working until the surgical area is completely numb. Also, painkillers are always administered before the surgery so that the mouth doesn’t hurt after the anesthesia effects are gone. And even the drilling might sound terrifying, but there are no nerves in your jawbone and some pressure is most likely the worst thing you may feel during the surgery.

The abutment and the crown placement don’t usually require surgery. At the end of the process, most patients claim the results are worth the discomfort and that it hurts less than a tooth extraction.

How long does the discomfort last?

Even though the patient might return to his or her normal activities the day after the procedure, swelling and bleeding are common during the first days after the surgery, and discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Discomfort shouldn’t last more than ten days in the chin, the treated area, jaw, and under the eyes. Swelling and bleeding, on the other side, could last from 3 to 7 days. In some cases, the patient may be instructed to take antibiotics to prevent infections. 

In case the discomfort lasts more than two weeks it is important to go to your dentist since it might be a sign of infection that can lead to dental implant failure.

How to reduce pain and risk?

The healing process is extremely important because it’s when osseointegration occurs. Due to that fact, it is necessary to take some precautions. Here are some tips for you to take care of your mouth and to reduce discomfort:

  • Follow your dentist’s advice
  • Keep a good oral hygiene
  • Stick to a liquid diet during the first day
  • Avoid food or drinks that are too hot or too cold
  • Avoid sticky, spicy, grainy, tough, or crunchy food
  • During the first days after the surgery avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Rinse your mouth with salty water a couple of times during the day to kill germs and help to heal
  •  Apply cold in the affected area to reduce pain and discomfort

In Conclusion

It is common to be concerned about how painful a surgical procedure can be, but when talking about dental implants, pain shouldn’t be an issue. However, it is important to be checked by experienced professionals who will not only get you the best results but also reduce pain and discomfort in the recovery process. Schedule a consultation with an Esteem professional near you and let’s get your Dental Implant started.