I was born with two missing teeth. I got braces late in life compared to a teenager. It was so hard for me to go to the orthodontist for checkups. The braces hurt, and when my orthodontist adjusted the wire, I was not happy for days. I do NOT like pain, any pain at all. Now that I am 37 years old and my teeth are straight from braces, I am getting dental implants. I don’t know how much pain to expect with the implants. Do dental implants hurt? Thank you for your candid answer. – Danita from Solon, Ohio
Danita – Thank you for your question. Your implant dentist will make surgery comfortable for you.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Dental implants do not hurt. In addition to numbing the surgical sites with a local anesthetic, your implant dentist can use sedation to help you relax during the surgery. Different levels of sedation are available depending on your anxiety and the complexity of the surgery.
After implant surgery
After surgery, when the anesthesia wears off, you will likely experience mild discomfort that you can minimize with over-the-counter pain relievers. If your implant dentist anticipates that your case will require a more potent pain reliever, they will prescribe it. Take pain reliever on time as your doctor prescribes or instructs, and you will remain as comfortable as possible.
Swelling and discomfort are your body’s reactions to surgery. They will peak within two to three days after surgery. The following week, your discomfort should improve. If it persists or worsens, call your dental implant surgeon.
Schedule a consultation with a skilled implant dentist to discuss your case and concerns. After an exam and 3-D CT scan, the dentist will explain your treatment plan. The complexity of the surgery and whether you need preparatory procedures can affect how much discomfort you experience. Your implant dentist will plan accordingly to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Sugar Land, Texas dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post. Dr. Thomas received advanced implant training and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.