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Pain After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

December 13, 2021

Dental implants are dental surgeries through which a titanium implant is placed in your jaw bone in order to replace the roots of a tooth you are missing. After the titanium implant is firmly attached to your jaw bone, it can support an artificial crown that will look and function just like your missing tooth. 

Some dental implants are more complicated, especially when your bone tissue has receded because of the tooth missing for a long time. In these cases, you might need to get a bone graft before the implant in order to provide enough support.

To conclude, getting a dental implant involves minor dental surgery and can take a relatively long time to heal completely. Here is what to expect in terms of pain after this procedure.

What to Expect After a Dental Implant

Even though modern dentistry has evolved a lot in the last decades and uses minimally invasive procedures, a dental implant can still inflict a noticeable amount of pain, or get complications if something goes wrong. 

After getting the implant, you won’t feel much for a few hours, because the anesthetic still has an effect on the implant site. After its effects wear off, you might feel pain, and you generally get a prescription for painkillers to control your pain.

You will experience tenderness, swelling, and discomfort for at least 5 to 7 days after the procedure, as the implant heals. Try to avoid brushing and cleaning too roughly, actions that involve creating suction, alcohol, and cigarettes or hard foods. You will receive a full set of instructions for the aftercare from your dentist.

When to Call Your Doctor

If you experience any discomfort, pain, swelling, or fever after a week from getting the implant, it’s time to investigate. Possible complications include infections, slow healing, and bleeding. Certain medications and conditions can influence the healing process, so it’s important to let your dentist know about your medical history.

Call your doctor if there is any pain at the place of the implant after two weeks. Also, if you have any symptoms of infection go to an emergency dentistry service, such as the one we offer at Southington Dentistry. 

Interested in Dental Implants in Plantsville, CT?

If you want to know more about getting a dental implant, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Neil Salesky and his team at Southington Dentistry in Plantsville. Book an appointment today and we will plan the best treatment for your case, explaining every step of the treatment along the way. 

Our service list includes cosmetic and restorative dentistry, drill-less procedures, sedation, and specialized services like dentures, fillings, or crowns. Visit us for any issue or concern you might have about your oral health, or just to have your regular check-up in a friendly, professional environment. 

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