The idea that dental implants are prohibitively painful keeps some people from considering the procedure for themselves. Today, we want to dispel the misconception that the dental implant procedure–whether it’s Same Day Teeth® or traditional implants–is painful. We don’t want people to give up on the idea of dental implants–which can be completely life changing–because of fear of pain from the procedure and during the healing process.
So, are dental implants painful? The simple answer to the question is that pain associated with dental implant treatment is typically minimal. The majority of our patients are sedated for their surgery. This twilight sleep allows them to be comfortable and unaware of the surgical procedure being performed. In many cases, our patients don’t even remember being in the office. After surgery, the amount of discomfort experienced typically ranges from mild to moderate and is controlled with appropriate prescription medication.
The lead up to a dental implant procedure can be scary. Anxiety over the fear of the unknown can be the worst part of the entire procedure. Your doctor will walk you through what your surgery and post-surgery is going to be like so that nothing is unknown.
Pain can happen following a dental implant procedure. During dental implant treatment, anesthetic will be used to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain. However, in the days after surgery, it is common for the patient to experience some pain or discomfort. The gums directly around the implant site will probably feel sore and tender. This discomfort may extend to the jaw or face as well. In some cases, pain medication will be prescribed. If no medication is prescribed, then over-the-counter medication can be used to control pain. It is important to note that aspirin can increase bleeding, so patients should be sure to use an aspirin-free medication, such as ibuprofen. Other side effects such as swelling or bruising are also possible following dental implant procedures.
The side effects of dental implant surgery are temporary and should diminish on their own. If a patient’s symptoms are not improving, or are getting worse, report this to our dentists immediately. Severe side effects may be a sign of infection or other complications.
Give us a call to set up a consultation to learn whether Same Day Teeth® or traditional dental implants can work for you.
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