Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Dental ImplantsWhen contemplating a medical procedure you’ve never had before, it’s natural to have concerns about how the experience will impact you. A common question asked by those pondering whether to get dental implants is, “will it hurt?”

Often, getting dental implants will improve discomfort that a patient may be experiencing from a tooth that is loose, diseased, or severely structurally damaged, and that must be extracted. There is some discomfort associated with dental implant surgery, as there are with many surgical procedures, but it is quite simple to minimize this.

Here are a few ways to lessen any discomfort you could possibly experience related to your dental implant procedure.

Dental Implants – Reducing Discomfort, Speeding Up Healing

  1. Choose an experienced practitioner to oversee and perform your implant. Working with a cosmetic dentistry team that has done many implants reduces the chance of discomfort becoming a significant issue.
  2. Be proactive about your post-procedure care. After surgery, you’ll want to apply ice to the area on the face over where the dental implant has been placed – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Also, follow your provider’s instructions on taking pain relief medication to ward off discomfort. Avoid solid/hard foods immediately after your procedure to prevent irritation. Cold and soft foods like ice cream, smoothies and yogurt are ideal.
  3. Be clear about typical recovery timeframes. The swelling from dental implant surgery should be gone after three to five days, and all discomfort associated with the procedure should be gone within a week to 10 days.
  4. Pay close attention to your individual situation. Your overall health can greatly influence the success of your dental implant. If you needed bone grafts before the procedure, your needs may be different than a patient with better bone support. Call your dentist if there is any pain or swelling that lingers – this could indicate infection or other conditions they will need to address.

“Many of our clients tell us that having their dental implants installed hurt far less than they expected,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “You can minimize any discomfort by following a few guidelines, and communicating well with your dental team.”

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