Is it painful to get a dental implant?
Following the loss of one or more teeth, the installation of a dental implant may be the best solution. But if it is the most durable solution, it is also the one which requires a more consequent work and a heavier investment on behalf of the patient, as well physically as’economically.
Even if the dentist recommends the installation of a dental implant, it often happens that patients delay or refuse the procedure, mainly because of the fear of pain both during the operation and postoperatively. But what is it really ? We explain everything in detail.
Is it’is painful to have a dental implant placed ?
We might as well be direct and reassure people who are anxious about having an implant, the answer to the question is: No. Or, if we want to be more precise, the answer would be: Yes, but..
Indeed, like all surgical operations such as the classic extraction of teeth, these gestures inevitably lead to pain. But nowadays, pain is fully taken care of by the medical system, even before the procedure begins.
When an implant is placed, a screw is placed inside the jawbone. This screw will then be used to receive the false tooth, once the after-effects of the operation have completely healed.
If the bone itself does not contain nerve endings, the thin membrane that surrounds it does. But don't panic, the dental surgeon injects before the procedureintervention with a local anesthetic more than enough to stop feeling pain at all.
In short, the entire dental implant procedure is completely painless.
What are the possible effects afterwards? ?
Following the operation, it is quite normal to feel some discomfort or even slight pain. Post-operative pain is anticipated and managed by the medical staff.
Pain in the gums
It is common to experience mild to moderate pain in the gums. These often depend on the content of the operation, whether only one or several implants have been placed. In any case, your surgeon will have prescribed painkillers to take in case of tooth and gum aches.
However, if the pain persists for more than a week after the operation, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.
A slight bleeding
In addition to the pain, it is common for the gums to bleed slightly when brushing or after a meal. If this bleeding is normal, it should not become too frequent. A long and repeated bleeding should be immediately referred to a doctor.
How to reduce pain ?
If the pain during the procedure is taken care of by the doctor, then it is up to you to Manage the intake of your painkillers.
Paracetamol for mild pain
Often, when the operation concerns only the implant of a single tooth, it is possible to spend the next few days without having to undergo heavy medication. In this case, simply taking an over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol is enough. Be careful, it is not recommended to take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs without the approval of your dentist.
Painkillers under prescription to fight against the aches
After the placement of several implants, it is possible that the pain felt in the following days is more severe. To limit the pain and prevent it from bothering you in your daily life or during the night, it is possible to ask your dentist for specific, more powerful painkillers. In most cases, the doctor will have already given you a prescription.
Antibiotics to prevent infection
It is important to know that taking antibiotics is also recommended following the placement of dental implants, in order to avoid a possible rejection of the implant, rare, but possible. This also limits the risk of infection.
N’Do not hesitate to go to your dentist or doctor if you feel pain that is complicated to manage. He will tell you what to do to make you feel better.