What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery: Pain Level and Aftercare

Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as a remedy for missing teeth, but what should you expect from the procedure? Generally, a simple dental implant for a patient with healthy bones and who doesn't need a lot of soft tissue operations produces a pain level of between two and three in the first 24 to 48 hours. This means that over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol or Advil, can be used to eliminate any discomfort. It's common for patients to experience some pain after the dental implant procedure, which may last for one to two days, but some patients may continue to have pain at the implant site for up to 10 days. Before the procedure, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia. This means that you won't feel any pain during the gum incision or during the perforation of the implant in the jaw.

The most you'll experience is a feeling of pressure and maybe a little tingling. After the procedure, it's best to avoid hard foods and using an ice pack can help relieve swelling. Most patients with dental implants describe their postoperative pain as less than that of a tooth extraction. If after 72 hours you experience significant pain, you should seek medical attention or schedule an appointment with your dental center for follow-up. It's important to note that there is no “6-month healing period” for dental implants in terms of surgical pain.

With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants should last for many years.

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