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Are Dental Implants Painful?

Everyone has a concern around going to the dentist. Whether it’s a fear of being told what they don’t want to hear or having new problems discovered when they’ve done everything right. And of course, where procedures are concerned, there’s an aspect of fear around the pain that can be caused.

When people think of dental surgery there is no good image that comes to mind, except possibly the end result of walking out with healthy teeth. But are they all your teeth? There is a stigma around dental implants. While functionally identical to a real tooth, they aren’t, and the process of implanting them can make some patients squeamish or hesitant to explore the operation. The one question anyone would hold back from asking is “Does it hurt?” because the answer seems obvious.

There’s two stages to this question: does the dental implants procedure hurt, and does the dental implant itself hurt once all is done? Here’s a breakdown of all the steps where pain might occur, and how much to expect.

The Dental Implants Procedure

This is where most of the work is done, and where most of the pain could be. However, dentists will normally use painkillers or anesthetics for such complex procedures. Longer, more involved work like multiple crowns may require anesthetic, in which case the patient will be unconscious the whole time and feel nothing. Less involved work will involve on-site painkillers which remove all sensation from the area. There will be a slight prick from a needle, and then hours of numbness.

Dental Implants Healing

Dental implants are done over the course of weeks or months. A titanium screw is drilled into the jawbone through the gums. This requires time to heal, for the screw to fix to the jaw and for the gums around it to heal. There may be slight bleeding and stinging afterwards from the wound inside the mouth. Fortunately there are no nerves in the jaw, so residual pain will be minimal. You’ll definitely feel something, a slight discomfort. Most discomforts can be handled with over the counter painkillers and often end after two weeks. If they persist, or increase in intensity unexpectedly, it could be signs of an infection. If this occurs, return to the dentist immediately.

Post Dental Implants Aftermath

With a new tooth in place you can return straight away to your regular diet, right? Not yet. Immediately after the surgery the gums and mouth will be particularly sensitive to varieties of foods. Patients should stick with a mild liquid diet, no sugars, nothing hot, nothing spicy, nothing hard or crunchy, and no straws to avoid sucking out stitches or other fixtures in the gums for at least ten days. Rinsing the mouth with warm saltwater can help stimulate healing. Breaking the seal will complicate the healing process and invite some pain. Most of the means of preventing pain rely on the patient following doctor’s orders. Once the implant crown is placed and the false tooth is in place, there should be no more pain at all. Dental implants have advanced a great deal. They’re as good as real, so take care of them like you do the rest of your teeth.