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Are Dental Implants Painful?

Oct 12, 2023Dental implants

Are dental implants painful?

When undergoing the placement of single dental implants, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area. This eliminates any pain during the gum incision and the drilling of the implant into the jawbone. It is fortunate that the jawbone has no nerves that can cause pain signals. You may encounter sensations of pressure and possibly tingling, at the utmost.

For the entirety of your full mouth dental implant procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia in order to ensure a comfortable and restful experience. During the surgical procedure, you will not experience any physical pain or cognitive awareness. Additionally, towards the end of the operation, a localized anesthetic will be administered to ensure that your oral cavity remains numb throughout the post-operative period. Pain medication will also be perscribed following the surgery.

 

What is involved in dental implant surgery?

To gain insight into the probable discomfort of undergoing an implant process, it is beneficial to comprehend the events that occur during the reception of an implant. Typically, following the extraction of a natural tooth, but prior to implant placement, the affected region is may be treated with a bone graft. The application of these grafts stimulates the generation of fresh bone tissue, thereby enhancing the resilience of the jawbone and facilitating the integration of the implant with the bone structure.

During the dental implant surgical procedure, a hole is drilled into the patient’s jawbone by a dental specialist. Following this, a metal post is implanted into that hole to act as an artificial tooth root. The time it takes for the post to osseointegrate, or allow for the growth of patient’s jaw bone through it, must be observed. A healthy and stable implant is paramount, making it essential to undergo a process that can sometimes take months. Typically, the abutment serves as the connecting element to which the dental crown will be affixed, but it is only placed on the post once osseointegration has reached completion.

On certain occasions, it may be necessary for the dentist to conduct a minor surgical procedure in order to properly position the abutment. Surgical procedure is of minor nature and solely impacts the gums. It can result in some bleeding and swelling, however, when compared to the pain triggered by metal post placement, the discomfort caused by abutment placement is relatively less severe.

 

After your dental implant procedure

Upon completion of the procedure, consumption of regular food will pose a challenge due to gum healing. Therefore, it is recommended to consume soft foods for a certain period of time. In addition to this, in order to avoid complications and implant failure, refrain from using products containing caffeine and tobacco.

In order to ensure proper healing process and mitigate any potential complications arising from the dental procedure, it is imperative for you to arrange frequent appointments with your dentist. Such appointments will enable your dentist to monitor your progress and administer necessary care as required.

 

Do Dental Implants Hurt Post-Surgery?

It is normal to experience pain following a surgical procedure, however, it should not exceed a period of fourteen days. If pain subsists beyond this timeframe, it may raise concerns and seeking guidance from your dentist is recommended.

The pain experienced around the implant site is frequently caused by gum bruising, which can occur when brushing the area.

Following a dental implant procedure, in addition to experiencing discomfort and gum bruising, there are other expected outcomes:

  • Sensation of unease in the areas surrounding the cheeks, chin, and beneath the eyes.
  • Minor bleeding
  • The occurrence of gum swelling around the implant location.

It is uncommon for dental implant risks to manifest; however, as with any surgical procedure, there is always the possibility of complications. These possible risks include infection and injury at the implant site, and may lead to nerve damage and sinus issues. Immediate attention from a dentist is crucial in ensuring proper recovery measures are taken.

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