Do dental implants hurt?
This is one of the most common questions we dental implant dentists are asked on a regular basis: do dental implants hurt? Understandably, some patients see their dental implant surgery as a daunting procedure. We understand the intimidation because committing to dental implants can feel like a big step for those who aren’t keen on the dentist in the first place. It’s actually a relatively minimally invasive procedure that only requires local anaesthetic, so let’s explore this question. Do dental implants hurt?
Does having your dental implants fitted hurt?
Having your tooth implants fitted shouldn’t hurt at all. You might feel slight discomfort or strange sensation, but there should be no actual pain. This is because we safely administer a local anaesthetic to the treatment area to ensure you remain awake and able to communicate through your minor procedure but are also made as comfortable as possible. However, should you request it, we do also offer dental sedation to help with your nerves, during which you will be attentively monitored throughout the procedure. The minor procedure of receiving your dental implants shouldn’t hurt, but the healing time after your procedure may be a little painful. Typically, you could experience discomfort for up to 10 days after your appointment with us and swelling that lasts for 5 of these. We’ll of course provide you with plenty of step-by-step aftercare and check-up appointments to make sure you are healing correctly.
How to manage your post-procedure discomfort
Soft and cold foods are recommended while your treated area heals. Foods like ice cream will help to soothe the treated area as well due to their cold temperature. Avoid acidic foods and drinks, instead opting for those full of vitamins and nutrients to keep your immune system at its best healthy while your tooth implant heals. This will help prevent the onset of an infection and generally aid the healing process.
Hold a cold compress to the outside of your cheek or jaw when the pain is. Wrap some ice cubes in a towel, use an ice pack, or even a pack of frozen peas on the outside of your face to help numb and soothe some of the swelling and discomfort.
Seek professional advice if you need it. If you are concerned, worried, or would just like some reassurance on how your tooth implant is healing, then we of course encourage you to get in touch with us. We’d rather you come to us for guidance and advice than not so we can help you along your healing journey. We’ll schedule with you your post-procedure check-up appointments anyway, but should you wish to see us between these appointments then you’re always welcome to visit our Bolton dental practice.
The next step
For more aftercare advice and professional guidance on dental implants in Bolton, why not visit us at Harwood Dental Care? Our team of dental professionals are always on hand to give advice and honest consultation for your needs. Book your initial appointment with us today on 01204 304568 or enquire online.