Pain is a common concern among people considering dental implants.
As with any major dental procedure or surgery in general, you should expect some discomfort during the healing process since it is a surgical procedure which generally involves removing teeth, cutting gums, pierce the jaw, insert a titanium dental implant and abutment.
Implant placement should be planned and performed carefully to avoid complications, side effects and unnecessary pain, which is why it is so important to find a quality dentist.
Concerns about pain
The procedure itself is not painful, as it is performed under general or local anesthesia in order to completely numb the mouth. If you are concerned during the procedure and are aware of the sounds and forces applied to your mouth, do not hesitate to ask your dentist what sedative options are available and suggest that you fall asleep.
Once the anesthesia has worn off, pain is one of the first things you will notice.
In fact, there are a very small number of patients who experience considerable pain after surgery, most people find the recovery less painful than they thought. Depending on where your dental implant is, a little pain may also be felt in the chin, cheeks or under the eyes.
Patients say the pain they feel is about the same as after having root canal or tooth extraction. Overall, patients report that the results are well worth the process.
Will there be pain during the surgery?
The procedure should be completely free of problems, but there may be some discomfort. Your dentist will perform local or general anesthesia so that your gums and jaw are completely numb.
You can hear and feel the tools being used, but no anxiety should be experienced. People who have a phobia of dental or surgical procedures can opt for general anesthesia (by injection or inhalation), which allows them to remain unconscious all the time.
Sedatives can help you relax if the procedure worries you. In addition, it is important to be able to communicate with the dentist if the anesthetic wears off during the process. Although this is extremely rare, it is better to prevent!
Will there be pain after surgery?
You may also experience side effects such as bruising, swelling and bleeding, to some extent, depending on the health of your gums and bones. The experience varies from person to person and depends on how quickly they heal.
Almost all of the swelling should be gone within the first five days after surgery and the pain should be almost completely gone after seven days.
If you notice any signs of swelling, infection or irritation after the above mentioned periods, you should consult your dentist. He can check the implants and surrounding gum tissue and repair minor problems. If these signs last more than two or three weeks, something may be wrong.
With plenty of rest, pain relievers, and ice, you should be able to minimize the pain experienced after your surgery. A few days of pain and discomfort are the small price to pay for long-term dental health and a beautiful smile.
How to prevent or relieve pain?
There are a number of ways to minimize the pain experienced after surgery.
Find a qualified dentist: Above all, find a dentist with extensive training and experience.
Follow the instructions: Carefully follow the instructions given to you.
Take pain relievers: Your dentist will recommend taking pain relievers after the procedure to alleviate the discomfort. Ibuprofen is generally recommended. If you choose, you should take about 600 mg every eight hours or so. If that doesn’t relieve your pain, tell the dentist so they can prescribe something stronger.
Use ice: Use an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables) to reduce swelling. Apply it on your cheek or lip as soon as possible after you return home.
Salt water: Bathe your gums (do not gargle) in warm salt water.
Eat cold and soft foods: Avoid solid and hard foods to avoid irritation. Cold and soft foods like ice cream, smoothies and yogurt are ideal.
Continue to brush your teeth and floss (carefully): Pay particular attention to your oral hygiene.
Rest: Rest and do nothing difficult that could delay the healing process.