Are Dental Implants Painful To Get?

Jan 15, 2023 | Blog

The dental implant procedure is an invasive technique, so thinking it hurts a lot is not wrong. But that is not true at all. There is no pain involved, even with drilling and fillings. How so? The answer is anesthetics.

Anesthesia is the magic potion that takes away all your pain. It does so by numbing the sensory nerves which transmit pain signals to your brain.

Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure itself involves local anesthetic, which numbs the gum line making it easy for your dentist to make the incision. Since you can’t feel the knife slicing your gums, they easily fix the implant after drilling inside your bone.

Sounds extremely painful, does it not? However, the entire process is free of discomfort because the jaw itself has no nerve endings.

But you may feel slight discomfort from the pressure of knives, but that’s about it.

How To Avoid Discomfort?

Your dentist will provide you with the pain meds needed before the surgery. These painkillers will help you ease the discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. Pain relief is pivotal for healing, especially after anesthesia washes off.

Please do expect some discomfort after the procedure; it is natural. However, with help from your dentist, you can manage this.

Pain management is your door to recovery.

Aftercare and Healing

Usually, the recovery takes about 10 days to 6 months; however, the exact time depends on the number of implants you are going for and the level of your overall health. However, you will undergo minor discomfort in the initial 7 days and some more after that. But, in case your pain surpasses the 2-week mark, go for a follow-up appointment to ensure that there is no infection.

Let’s get down to the main subject here; you must follow your dentist’s advice for timely healing. To cope with your recovery plan, you must remain smoke-free with a good dental hygiene regime.

Recovery At Home

Here are some things you can do to ease pain and heal faster with fewer complications.

  • You can use an ice pack; place it on the outer cheek to help numb the pain and reduce swelling.
  • Salt water gargle is a magic potion; gently swish it in your oral cavity. This may sting a little but will fight infectious bacteria.
  • Take off from your engagements for at least a week; ensure that you rest well.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
  • During this time, have cold, soft, or pureed foods. Some delicacies you can delve into are a cold smoothie bowl or yogurt, pureed banana, mashed potatoes, etc.

Final Words

Expect recovery to start within the first 10 days with your dentist’s aftercare instructions. Take some extra time out to understand and follow the pieces of advice so there are lower chances of infection post-surgery.

Nobody wants the hassle of going on and about in the market, so stocking up on cold treats and easy-to-eat foods is a life-saver.

You can always get in touch with the dental experts from Champions Dental in Houston, TX, for queries. Dial (281) 866-0442 to connect with us!

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 

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