Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Unlike dentures, which are removable false teeth, dental implants are placed into your jawbone. Dental implant procedures may sound frightening. Thinking about all the pins, screws, bone and surgery involved in the procedure may be what makes it sound so painful. However, it’s generally less painful than getting a tooth pulled out.
Soreness After a Dental Implant Procedure
While you are getting dental implants, there should be no pain as you’ll be given anaesthesia. Once the numbness wears off following the dental implant procedure, it is normal to feel some mild pain and discomfort. How long this pain and discomfort persists depends on how many implants put in and how long the procedure was.
Patients commonly report a feeling of soreness or aching in the jawbone, chin, cheeks or underneath the eye area. For most people, this is not an issue and can be treated with pain relief medication and an ice pack if you feel uncomfortable.
How Long Will Any Pain and Discomfort Last?
Any pain and swelling normally subsides in 3 to 5 days, but can last up to 10 days. During the first few days, you should take it easy – avoid driving, vigorous exercise and operating heavy machinery. Depending on what you do for work, it may be a good idea to take a couple of days off.
During the recovery period, aim to eat cold and soft foods. Regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help with pain and fight infection causing bacteria. If you experience an increase in pain or swelling at any time, you should contact your dentist immediately. If you’re still experiencing pain and discomfort after two weeks, you may have an infection as the pain definitely should have passed.
Factors That May Cause Additional Pain
In some rare circumstances, other issues can arise that lead to more discomfort and pain than is usual. Complications and additional pain can be causes by issues such as:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Continual smoking
- Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
- Lack of gum tissue in the area
- Radiation to the head or neck
- Rejection of the implant by the body
Sometimes if the jaw does not have enough bone mass, the dental implant can become loosened, causing discomfort. Other times, the small screw inside the top of the implant can become loose during the healing process. This can be resolved by refitting it.
Quality Dental Implant Procedures in Perth
At Emergency Denture Repairs, our experienced team provides a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry to clients in Perth including dental implant procedures. We believe everyone deserves to be able to smile with confidence as well as speak and eat with ease. That’s why we’re committed to providing excellence in dentistry.
We accept all major health funds and have six convenient clinics throughout Perth as well as a mobile service. Call (08) 9382 2222, book an appointment online or find your closest location.