Dental implants are a great option for anyone looking to replace missing teeth and restore their smile. But as with any dental procedure, some patients are concerned as to whether they will experience dental implant pain.


Are Dental Implants Painful?

The dental implant procedure is safe and performed under general anesthesia, which means you will not feel anything while you are having the dental implant placed. However, after the anesthetic wears off, you can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling and tenderness in the jaw and cheek.

The intensity of the discomfort depends on the complexity of the dental implant procedure, whether you need a single implant or multiple dental implants, if the implant was embedded in the jawbone or on the gum line, and your own personal pain threshold.

How Long Will The Dental Implant Pain Last?

Every patient is different and has a different healing timeline. If you have had an uncomplicated surgery, you can expect the discomfort to subside after 1-2 weeks and any swelling should peak around the 3rd day and significantly reduce by the 5th day.

However, if you experience an increase in the intensity of your tooth implant pain, have excessive bleeding, fever or nausea, or your dental implant pain lasts for more than 2 weeks, contact our practice immediately. Your dentist will examine the dental implant to check for an infection.

What Other Factors Can Cause Tooth Implant Pain?

The primary causes of tooth implant pain after surgery is either infection or dental implant rejection. However, there are some other factors which can contribute to dental implant pain including:

  • A loose implant caused by inadequate jawbone density
  • Bone burn from excessive drill friction
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor blood supply
  • An autoimmune disease

Any of these factors may require removal of the dental implant to eliminate the discomfort.


How Can I Manage Dental Implant Pain?

Dental implant pain is temporary and manageable with over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol, as well as some simple home remedies.

After the first 48 hours have passed, rinse your mouth with warm salt water up to 5 times per day to help remove bacteria and food debris from around your dental implant.

You can also intermittently apply a cold pack to the side of your face to reduce inflammation and swelling which helps manage discomfort.


Contact Dental Spot

If you had dental implant surgery and you are experiencing any long-term discomfort or symptoms which are causing concern, contact our practice on (02) 9158 6115 to book an examination.

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