Getting a dental implant can be an equally exciting and nerve-wracking time. For one thing, it’s one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth and get a stunning and healthy smile.
However, many patients have a lot of concerns regarding the procedure, especially the lengthy healing time that follows. Dental implants require around 6 months or more to properly heal before you can move on to the next stages and complete your restoration.
And during that healing, some pain is to be expected. Keep on reading to find out exactly how much pain can be present after getting a dental implant.
Prior to your surgery, you will be given a local anesthetic or even a sedative to make sure you don’t feel any pain and discomfort. The effects can last for a few hours, so even as you walk out of your Worcester County dentist’s office, you won’t feel any pain.
Pain usually starts to poke through at around 48-72 hours after the surgery. Usually, it’s a mild discomfort that can be easily managed with OTC pain medication like ibuprofen.
In addition, you can also experience:
The great news is that your symptoms will go away relatively quickly. While each person is different, in a few days you could be completely pain-free.
You might notice that the implant site still feels tender and maybe even a bit swollen a full week or longer after the procedure. Again, this is perfectly normal and no cause for alarm.
The more days go by, the more these symptoms will subside. To help your body heal, you should avoid eating on that particular side of the mouth until it stops feeling tender or swollen.
Implant surgery has a very high success rate, and the truth is that most patients have no issues during osseointegration (the healing process).
Still, it’s best to remain cautious and closely monitor your symptoms. When it comes to pain, if you notice it’s lingering a week after the procedure, and even seems to be getting worse, you should reach out to Dr. Salman Khanani right away. Lingering pain could be caused by another dental issue that is slowing down healing or can even be a sign of rare implant failure.
If you’re wondering whether dental implants are the right solution for you, Dr. Salman Khanani can help you find out during a thorough oral health assessment.
To get started, you can book a dental implant consultation at Khanani Family Dental online.
For more information about dental implants, feel free to call us at (508) 829-4575 for a chat.