Dental Implant Pain and Recovery: What to Expect

Has your dentist recommended getting dental implants? If you have broken or missing teeth, dental implants are a great artificial replacement. As their name suggests, these implants involve a surgical procedure in which an artificial tooth is implanted into your jaw. 

The idea of having a fully functional set of teeth again sounds enticing, but the surgical process can seem scary. In fact, one of the most common questions concerning dental implants that dentists hear is, does it hurt? Believe it or not, pain levels are typically low and recovery time is rather quick. 

If you are getting dental implants and have questions about the pain and recovery, here’s what to expect. 

Dental Implant Pain

You don’t just walk into a dentist for the first time and walk out with an implant. Getting dental implants is a process. You may have to have the old tooth (and root) removed as well as have a bone graft procedure done before the implants are ready to go in. Both of these procedures are minimally painful. But, let’s be real - it is the dental implant you are concerned about. Is it painful? Not too much. 

It is normal to feel nervous about dental procedures, especially if you have had a history of tooth pain and oral surgeries. Rest assured that the dental implant surgery will take place under local anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the process. 

After the surgery is done, your mouth will be numb and you won’t feel much at all. However, within a few hours, the numbness will start to dissipate and a little bit of pain may appear in the area where the work was done in your mouth. This pain may feel like a dull throb, but pain medication prescribed or recommended by your dentist should ease it. Cold compresses help reduce the swelling which, in turn, will also help with the pain. 

While the area may be tender and you may have a little discomfort, all of this should subside within 72 hours post-implant.

If you are nervous about your procedure or are getting more than one implant, talk to your doctor about your options. You may find that IV sedation may make you more comfortable. 

Dental Implant Recovery

Believe it or not, recovery from dental implant surgery is quite easy - especially when you get past those first 72 hours. Keep in mind that if you are having more than one implant, your recovery time could take a little longer. 

As part of your aftercare, it is recommended that you:

  • Eat soft foods
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Get lots of rest
  • Avoid heavy exercise
  • Abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol

Once you get through the first three days, your life can pretty much return to normal as you should no longer have much pain at all. It is important to note that your body is still healing - taking up to six months for the fusing of the implants in the jaw bone to be complete. Even though you won’t feel any pain, you should be cognizant of the healing. 

Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry for all you Dental Implant Needs

The process of getting dental implants can flow smoothly and effortlessly with the right dental team on your side. At Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry, we know that oral surgery can be scary. That’s why we want you to know that there is minimal pain with dental implants, but a lifetime of benefits.  

We look forward to helping you find healing with your smile. If you have questions about the dental implants procedure or recovery - or to find out if they are right for you - contact our office today at 334-277-5498. Or, request an appointment online.