The short answer is no
Typically you will feel some amount of discomfort when receiving dental implant surgery.
This is caused by the various steps of the procedure, primarily removing the teeth, creating an incision in the gum, drilling into the jawbone, and inserting the final implant.
It’s vital that your dentist is qualified and specialized, in order to minimize the risk of any issues that might cause pain or discomfort.
Before the surgery takes place, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic, or a sedative if you prefer, to numb the mouth in preparation for the procedure. This greatly reduces the chance of any pain or discomfort, and it’s always useful to ask your dentist about the options.
During the dental implant surgery, there should be minimal to no pain due to the anaesthesia applied by the dentist.
While you may experience some discomfort during the procedure if you are able to feel or hear the tools being used at any point, this is usually minor and can be aided by sedatives.
If you have a phobia of dentists or the tools they use, it’s advisable to ask your dentist about applying a sedative. This will allow you to be unconscious during the procedure which will minimize any discomfort caused by the sights, sounds or smells.
Depending on the complexity of the operation, you will usually experience some degree of discomfort or pain following the surgery while the new implant heals.
The majority of the discomfort will usually be found around the jaw area where the new implants have been inserted. It’s not uncommon to experience bruising, swelling, or slight bleeding however this should subside in the space of a few days.
If you’re finding that the pain is not reducing or is increasing past one week, then it’s important to contact your dentist for an evaluation.
Painkillers can ease the pain caused by dental implants and your dentist may recommend painkillers such as Ibruprofen to help.
Additional Causes Of Pain
There are a number of possible complications which can contribute to the pain or discomfort felt both during and after surgery:
- Nerve Damage: If a nerve is damaged by the drilling or a post being placed too near it, this can cause discomfort. Your dentist may also need to replace the implant.
- Loose Implant: In certain cases, excess pressure or force, or insufficient bone volume, can cause the implant to become loose. In this case the implant must be removed.
- Loose Cap: If the screw at the top of the implant becomes loose then this can cause discomfort, and will need to be removed, cleaned, and then fitted again.
- Infection: If you have any infected areas caused by lack of proper oral hygiene you will require a course of antibiotics
- Rejection: In rare cases, your body may reject the implant, so another material is used or an alternative treatment solution suggested
How To Minimize Pain And Discomfort
You can help reduce the pain and discomfort caused by the surgery in a number of ways:
- Painkillers: A course of painkillers will help reduce the pain, and Ibruprofen is usually the recommended option however if this is insufficient contact your dentist so that you can get something stronger prescribed
- Ice Packs: Use ice packs to help reduce the swelling of your jaw by applying it to the affected area after the surgery
- Salt Water: Exposing your gums to warm salt water can aid the healing process and help with any pain
- Soft Foods: Avoid eating solid or hard foods as this can cause discomfort in the newly inserted implants. Soft foods such as yoghurts and smoothies are ideal.