Are Dental Implants Painful?

Whether it is the result of tooth decay, gum disease or injury, lots of people suffer tooth loss. Dental implants provide a strong replacement tooth root for fixed replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth. When we are consulting with patients about dental implants, we often here one question: are they painful?

At Indy Dental Health, or dental implant placement is performed under sedation and is not considered a painful procedure. However, if the surgery is more complicated and involves bone or tissue grafts, there may be slightly more discomfort and swelling to go along with the procedure. Every patient has a different threshold for pain, so what may bother one person may not bother another. If you had a dental implant procedure and are experiencing any pain, there are several things can do to relive it.

Relieving Pain from Dental Implants

1. The initial healing phase can last up to ten days. Over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen work well to alleviate any pain or discomfort you may experience. However, only take these if instructed to by Dr. Fraiz.

2. Once you leave our Indianapolis office, you can reduce inflammation and any swelling to your cheek or lip by holding an ice-pack on your face over the implant area.

3. We tell patients to steer clear of hard foods for the first day or two. Ice cream, yogurt, and other soft foods are ideal as your gums will be tender.

4. Dental implants are a relatively straightforward oral procedure. Many people take time off from work to have dental implant surgery, and then return to regular activities. However, if you are feeling any pain or discomfort, there is nothing wrong with taking the day off, relaxing, and putting your feet up.

There is typically no severe post-operative pain with dental implants. When most people return for a follow-up appointment about two weeks later, they often say that getting a dental implant was one of the least painful procedures they’ve experienced. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Indy Dental Health today to set up a free consultation.