Many people put off getting dental implants because they fear that the process is too painful. Watching videos of the invasive oral surgical procedure is of no help either, because it can be quite gory and bloody, and scares many people away from getting a perfectly routine oral surgical procedure that they may need in order to regain proper chewing and eating function. This is a problem, as the process becomes more and more complicated, expensive, and potentially painful the longer you wait. Not only is the process not painful, but if everything goes right, you shouldn’t feel pain at all, and pain medication is prescribed to all patients who undergo the procedure. Here is a breakdown of when and how you may experience discomfort during dental implant procedures.
Pain during dental implant surgery
All dental implantation is performed under local anaesthetic, so you should not feel anything of it at all. If you have any sensation, you should tell your dentist, as this means you need more anaesthetic. You may feel a slight pulling sensation, or pressure on your jaw. But not anything more at all. Even if the dental nerve is hit, it should be properly anaesthetised, and so no problems should occur.
After the dental implants go in
After the dental implants go in, you will need some time to recuperate. After all, you will have a gaping hole in your mouth that has just been sewn shut, with a titanium screw inserted into your jawbone. There will be bruising, and even discomfort after the fact. But if you keep the aftercare instructions, you should not experience pain, as pain medication will be prescribed to you. There will be tenderness and sensitivity, but you should not experience straight up pain in the region at all. Take the medication as prescribed, and keep away from hot, cold, spicy or hard foods for a while, and you should be just fine.
Life with dental implants
After your healing time is done and your dental implants are stable, there will be absolutely no chance of pain. If you feel pain on the tooth where the dental implant is, it is a sign of some sort of infection or possibly toothache, but a properly working dental implant is completely pain free, and should cause absolutely no issues in your day to day life.