One of the reasons people don’t see their dentist as often as they should (even for basic checkups) is that they are afraid of the pain. But with new technologies and procedures coming out, dentistry is getting less painful all the time. If you are told dental implants would be a good fit for you, you will probably begin to wonder about how bad the dental implant pain is going to be.
When Does It Hurt?
Most of the dental implant pain you will feel is not during the actual procedure. The most you should feel is numbness and pressure. If for some reason you can’t have Novocain, you may need nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These sedatives will lessen your pain.
Most people though, start feeling pain after dental implants are in place – long after you are back home and out of the dental chair. The dental implant pain is often described as “discomfort” and more annoying than actually being painful. Your mouth needs time to adjust to the implants, just as you would need to break in a new pair of shoes. This can make eating and speaking uncomfortable.
Does It Ever Go Away?
The good news about dental implant pain is that eventually, the pain and discomfort goes away.
Prior to receiving dental implant surgery, you will have a consultation appointment with your doctor. During this time, it would be wise to ask any questions you have about post-op pain and what to expect after. This is also a good time to ask if medicine will be prescribed after the surgery, and if not, what over the counter pain medication is the best to alleviate discomfort.
After your surgery, you should speak to your dentist about any dental implant pain or discomfort you have. If you continue to experience pain or discomfort, seek medical attention as you may have an infection.
Dental implants, like any surgery will cause you to feel pain and discomfort. Again, the pain will subside and you will be able to enjoy your new set of strong, natural looking teeth.