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How Painful is Getting a Dental Implant?

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Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Are you considering dental implants to replace a lost tooth or teeth? Are you wondering if the procedure is painful? If you are a nervous patient, relax. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of the dental implant procedure and tell you the truth about what to expect and what options are available to relieve your dental anxiety.

What is the procedure like compared to alternative treatments?

Dental implant surgery is more invasive than other types of tooth replacement procedures like bridges; this is because a small titanium screw is implanted into your jaw, which will work and function like a natural tooth root. However, no pain can be felt during the procedure thanks to anaesthetics, and many patients report that the procedure was no fuss at all. 

During the procedure, you’ll be under local anaesthetic, feeling no pain but slight pressure as we securely fit your implant. Post-treatment, some discomfort can be experienced; your gums might ache the next day, and there might be some swelling, but you should feel back to normal over the next few days. 

Help for nervous patients

If you’re a nervous patient, the idea of dental implant surgery might be too overwhelming. If you struggle with regular dental check-ups and appointments like fillings and extractions, you might want to explore conscious sedation options to replace your missing teeth. 

While the dental implant procedure is not scary or painful, there might be sounds or dental tools that are triggering for you and your anxiety, so with the aid of IV sedation, for example, we can help improve your experience and help you to feel more relaxed, while still remaining conscious.

IV sedation is charged by the hour. It typically takes one hour to place one implant so you might need several hours of sedation for a full mouth rehabilitation. 

Recovery and healing

The entire dental implant healing process can take up to three months as the implant integrates with the jawbone, but any discomfort would have subsided in the first week. 

The recovery time will depend on the number of dental implants fitted and if any pre-prosthetic procedures were carried out. 

Usually, most patients will return to normal within 7-10 days of the procedure and are free to return to work the day after. You can also return to your regular diet within a week. If you feel any pain exceeding the two-week mark, you must make an appointment with the implant surgeon to ensure no infection.

Aftercare tips to reduce discomfort:

  • Hold an ice pack to your cheek to help reduce swelling and numb discomfort.
  • Gargling warm salt water can fight off infectious bacteria but might sting a little. 
  • Rest your body and ensure plenty of rest. No heavy lifting or exercise.
  • Eat soft, pureed foods like yoghurt and smoothies during this time.