Because dental implants require surgery, many patients are concerned about the pain that could be associated with the procedure. Fortunately for most patients, recovery is relatively short and the initial discomfort is easily managed. Many people compare the procedure to a tooth extraction or a root canal.
Dr. Steve Brown at the Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth carefully advises his patients on ways to avoid dental implant pain, which can be done with both pain medications and a few simple steps at home. With more than 20 years of experience, he understands the importance of dental implants and oral surgery to restore your dental health.
Dental implant surgery is performed with oral conscious sedation or anesthesia, so the procedure itself is not painful. Once the sedation wears off, you may have some discomfort, but it can usually be managed easily and disappears in just a few days of surgery. The degree of discomfort does vary from person to person and is influenced by several factors, such as an individual’s pain threshold and the extent of surgery. More extensive surgery, such as bone grafts or multiple implants, can increase discomfort and recovery time.
Minimize Dental Implant Pain
Just as with many dental surgeries, it is common to experience gum or facial swelling, bruising, minor bleeding, soreness at the implant site, and, depending on the location of the implant, discomfort in the cheeks, chin, or under the eye. All your side effects should disappear in a week to ten days.
Following your doctor’s instructions after implant surgery will improve your comfort and speed healing. Some advice to reduce discomfort:
- Take Pain Medications. You may be prescribed medications or you may take over-the-counter pain medication. An important point about pain medication is that it is better at preventing pain than reducing pain. With that in mind, you should take pain relievers before excessive discomfort sets in. Typically, patients use pain medication for just a few days.
- Use an Ice Pack. An ice pack will reduce discomfort caused by swelling. The temporary numbing will also reduce discomfort.
- East Soft Foods. Eating soft foods will reduce the irritation and pressure on your gums and jaw, allowing them to heal quickly. However, even on a diet of soft food, you should chew on the opposite side of your mouth to avoid irritating the implant site.
- Limit Activity. Immediately after surgery, physical activity can interfere with healing. You should plan on relaxing for the rest of the day after surgery to avoid unnecessary bleeding and discomfort. Then, for the next few days, you should avoid strenuous activity. Light activity, such as walking, is okay, but you should avoid bending over.
- Report Increased Pain. Your pain should begin to diminish after three days. However, if side effects appear to increase or remain for many days after surgery, this may indicate an infection and you should contact your dentist.
Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is more extensive than typical dental work, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be overly painful. To learn more detailed information about dental implant surgery and what you can expect during recovery, please call.