With the significant technological developments made in modern dentistry, a lot of complications that were experienced during and after implant procedures are now a thing of the past and today dental implants are considered very safe.

The advanced implant techniques facilitate the installation of missing tooth faster with optimal comfort to the patient. The porcelain and ceramic materials used for the implants are also more appealing and cannot be distinguished from natural teeth. The process entails installation of a titanium fixture into the jaw bone and crown installed on the implant to give its overall structure the same appearance as other teeth. Before the procedure begins the appropriate medication and anesthesia is administered to enhance comfort and numb the targeted area.

Dental Implant Surgery

The implant procedure is usually completed in two surgeries leaving the dental formula pristine. Guided surgery is more precise and lets the doctor plan out the entire procedure virtually before proceeding to accurately install the implant. Guided surgery eliminates all the guesswork in superimposing the abutments and determining the specific dimensions needed to firmly fit the crown and the veneered superstructure.

The outcome is quite appealing and the execution time for the entire procedure is greatly reduced which interprets to a lesser invasion of the gums and jawbone hence a tremendous reduction of resultant pain. To successfully execute a guided implant surgery on an edentulous area you will require a model for the surgical guide and a cone beam scan fitted with a radiographic guide or without. After a comprehensive oral exam to clear the patient for the dental implant procedure, you can proceed to scan the patient with a system that is compatible with the implant planning software which will provide you with an accurate guide.

Guided surgery is a very safe procedure and once you have strategically secured the surgical guide in the mouth it prepares the edentulous area. The guide is designed with stops that regulate how deep it drills. Cross-sectional imaging is recommended by AAOMR when assessing dental implant sites with the aid of CBCT imaging which presents you with all the needed information. The cross-sectional imaging shows a clear outline of the nerves, precise width of the needed implant, bone density, location of the submandibular fossa, best way to install the implant platform proportional to the bony crest and best placement of the implant screw.

The guided surgery helps you keep the procedure noninvasive which leads to quick recovery.  

Duration of Dental Implant Pain

Dental implant procedures are either endosteal or subperiosteal in nature

  • For the endosteal, the implants are fixed in the jawbone while such implants are fixed on or above the jawbone but under the gum for the subperiosteal. 
  • The latter is used for an individual with unhealthy jawbones and is not willing to have their bones augmented.

The anesthesia makes the procedure painless but the numbness can only be sustained for a fixed duration before the dental implant pain sets in. Patients react differently to the procedure but the pain is expected to completely wear off in a maximum period of 10 days.  If the pain persists past two weeks the chances are that an infection is developing and a dentist should be immediately consulted.

Dental implant pain experienced after 3 months is a clear sign of the following conditions: negative interaction with medication, auto-immune complications, allergic reactions, poor supply of blood, possible infection, damaged nerves or tissues, overloading complication and the rejection of the implant by the body.  None of this signs should be taken lightly and professional help should be sought instantly. 

Dental implant pain experienced after a year or even longer could be as a result of poor dental hygiene,  infection,  continuous smoking, bruxism (grinding teeth when asleep), neck or head radiation, the absence of gum tissue and absence of born in the specific part of the jaw.  Additional sources of dental implant pain after the procedure may be as a result of a loose implant normally caused by lack of an adequate bone mass, the healing cap getting loose, burning of the bone during the surgical process leading to its damage and damaged nerves in the area under surgery. 

Some of these are very rare but always advise patients to choose a qualified and experienced dentistry facility to minimize chances for complications.  Dentists specialized in dental implants have an impeccable record for all procedures and are motivated to give compassionate care that is gentle to a patient’s needs.

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Effective ways of dealing with Dental Implant Pain

An important thing to note about dental implants, a patient should be ready and willing to invest in a seasoned dentistry service that gives them maximum priority to afford the comfort and systematic guidance through the entire process.  After a successful implant you should give the patients precise instructions to follow while at home. 

Some patients tend to ignore the guidelines until the pain sets in thus complicating their situation.  The prescribed painkillers should come in handy but if they are not effective in alleviating the intensity of pain advise them to contact you for an alternative prescription. Ice should be used in the initial days to rub the sore cheek gently.  This helps in numbing the pain and also combating swelling.  Through the recovery process warm salty water should be used to rinse the mouth as it is proven helpful in minimizing pain and also preventing infections by killing bacteria.  At first, the warm salty water may gently burn but the pain goes away in due time.

Be choosy about diet with special focus on soft and cold food.  Candies and other sugary products should be avoided in the recovery period.  Oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing should be exercised routinely.  This should be done in the intervals of two to three times with a soft brush without exerting pressure on the dental implant. 

Adequate rest time goes a long way to accelerate the recovery process which cuts down on dental implant pain experienced after surgery. As a dental doctor, your implant program should be keen to provide gentle dental care that helps effectively manage dental implant pain giving life to intoxicating smiles. 

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Dental Implant Pain FAQs

Is there pain during dental implant surgery?

The surgery is relatively uneventful, with little to no pain. Your dentist will typically give local anesthesia to numb the implant site.

Is dental implant pain after surgery normal?

Dental implant surgery is invasive, involving making an opening in your gums and jaw. It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort and pain after the surgery as the numbing agents wear off.

What kind of pain will I feel?

You may feel discomfort in the cheeks, chin, and below your eyes. You may also have:

  •  minor bleeding
  •  swelling and bruising of your gums and face
     pain at the site of the implant

What affects the intensity of dental implant pain?

The level of pain you will feel after the surgery depends on how involved the surgery is and the number of implants you receive. Generally, the longer the surgery and the more the implants you receive, the more the soreness you are likely to feel afterward.

Smoking tobacco products, doing strenuous activities, and an inappropriate diet can slow down the healing process and increase your pain.

How long does the pain last?

Generally, you are expected to feel some discomfort and pain up to a maximum of 10 days. That means the dental implant pain should wear off completely within 2 weeks after the surgery.

What can I do to minimize dental implant pain?

Maintaining good oral hygiene and following the post-procedure instructions from your dentist will help minimize dental implant pain and prevent infection. Other things you can do include:

  •  Refrain from smoking
  •  Avoid candies and hard foods during recovery
  •  Rinse your mouth with warm salty water
  •  Apply ice packs to your cheeks during the first few days, particularly on the first day
  •  Get adequate rest