Dental implants are considered to be the best options to replace missing or damaged teeth.
The procedure itself is not painful since it is performed with either general or local anaesthesia to completely numb the mouth.
Rarely, a few patients experience a considerable amount of discomfort after the surgery this pain may be due to an improperly fitted implant or an infection.
For most people, the recovery is not nearly as painful as they expected it to be.
Depending on where it was placed, discomfort can also be felt in the chin, cheeks, or underneath the eyes. Sometimes, overall, patients report that the results are well worth the process.
How long does a patient have discomfort after dental implants?
On average, a patient may feel discomfort in the treated area, face, and jaw for at least a week. Patients may expect some swelling but the dentist may give antibiotics and painkillers to treat pain and swelling. Swelling and pain start to decrease from the third day after the procedure.
Within 14 days, the patient may have no pain and the implant may finally be healing nicely. If the pain and swelling are still present on the 14th day, a patient may need to visit a dentist immediately as it may be a sign of infection
The three phases of a dental implant include:
Placing the implant: The patient may undergo surgery to have the implant placed in the jaw, where it is covered over with gum tissue and allowed to integrate into the jawbone for three to six months.
Attaching the post: The dentist attaches a post (abutment) to the implant and the gum tissue grows up around it. In some cases, the implant and post are placed simultaneously. Whether or not they are placed at the same time, the combination implant and post serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
Crown attachment: The dentist attaches a customized crown (that looks like a tooth) to the implant post.