Last Updated on May 20, 2024

Are you considering dental implants but worried about the pain that may come with the procedure? It's a common concern. As with any surgical procedure, you should expect some level of discomfort during and after the procedure as you heal. However, the degree of pain will vary based on several factors, and, it may not be as painful as you might think.

Understanding Pain in Dental Implant Surgery

As previously mentioned, some discomfort should be expected when getting dental implants. Traditional dental implant surgery is just that: surgery. As with any, invasive procedure, the process causes trauma to the body and will require healing. 

However, the level of trauma in implant surgery can vary significantly depending on who is performing your procedure and what techniques are used to deliver your implants. Some approaches are much more gentle than others, and this approach can significantly lessen pain during and after your procedure.

Factors Influencing Pain Levels

1. Individual Tolerance: Pain is relative to each individual. Each person's pain threshold varies. What may be uncomfortable for one individual could be tolerable for another. 

2. Presence of Infection: If there is an existing infection or complication, it can increase the level of discomfort during and after the procedure.

3. Invasiveness of Surgery: The more invasive the surgery, the more trauma to the tissues. Again, more trauma is typically associated with increased pain.

Managing Pain with Sedation Options

To alleviate anxiety and reduce discomfort during the procedure, there are sedation options available, in addition to local anesthetic. At The Dental Implant Practice (DIP), we offer two options for sedation: 

Oral conscious sedation: OCS involves taking a pill that provides relaxation and/or sleepiness. Because we are committed to our patient's overall experience, oral conscious sedation is always included in our dental implant procedures.

IV sedation: IV sedation renders the patient unconscious during surgery. This version of sedation is available at an additional cost. Please note that not every patient qualifies for IV sedation based on their medical history and circumstances.

The Healing Process: What to Expect

After dental implant surgery, there's typically a 3-6 month healing process, depending on how many teeth were involved, the condition of the bone, and whether there were extractions before the implants were placed Swelling and soreness can be present for 2-3 weeks after surgery. However, the duration and intensity of discomfort vary depending on factors such as age, overall health, and the extent of the surgery.

DIP's Minimally Invasive Approach

At DIP, we take pride in our minimally invasive approach to dental implant surgery. When we place your implants, we place a tiny pilot hole to avoid cutting when possible. Then, unlike traditional implant surgery, we gently rotate the implants into place by hand, which is significantly less traumatic. We also carefully select the type and size of implant that best fits your bone, rather than making your bone fit our implants 

As a result, our patients often have shorter healing time compared to traditional methods, which also usually implies less pain and faster recovery. You can read more about our approach here.

Real Patient Experiences

Many of our patients have reported feeling little pain during and after their dental implant surgery:

  • "I Got 19 Implants...It Was Painless"  -Roy Cox
  • “Dr Brown and his staff took great care of me and my teeth. Two extractions and a bone graph placed without any pain whatsoever. I recommend this place to anyone needing implants.” -Bobby B
  • “The thought of going to the dentist at all caused me such anxiety, but with Dr. Brown, I didn’t feel any pain at all!” -Denise DeForest

Check out our reviews to hear firsthand accounts of the comfortable experiences our patients have had with DIP's minimally invasive approach. 

Conclusion

While some level of discomfort is commonwith dental implant surgery, advancements in technology and surgical techniques have made the process more comfortable and efficient than ever before. At The Dental Implant Place, we prioritize patient comfort and safety, ensuring a positive experience throughout your dental implant journey. Say goodbye to the fear of pain and hello to a confident smile with dental implants at DIP.

FAQ Section About Are Dental Implants Painful

Will I feel any pain during the dental implant surgery?

While some discomfort is to be expected, our sedation options and minimally invasive approach aim to minimize pain during the procedure.

How long does the discomfort last after dental implant surgery?

The duration of discomfort varies from person to person but typically resolves within 3-6 weeks post-surgery.

Is dental implant surgery safe?

Yes, when performed by a skilled professional, dental implant surgery is a safe and effective procedure with high success rates.

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Dr. Steve Brown is the Founder and Lead Dentist of The Dental Implant Place. He has practiced implant dentistry for over 20 years and has placed over 12,000 dental implants. He enjoys Baylor football and time with his wife, children, and two dogs.

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