If you are going to get a dental implant, you may be wondering what the pain will be like after the procedure. Here, we’ll give you an overview of how long the pain will last after a dental implant.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are appliances that are used when you have a missing tooth. Made of metal frames or posts, dental implants function as replacement tooth roots. They act in this way by being surgically placed into your jawbone so that the implants can bond with the bone. In this way they form a strong foundation upon which the false teeth can be placed. Dental implants are a great choice for replacing missing teeth because they appear more natural than other tooth replacement options such as dentures or dental bridges because they function just like a tooth root and the replacement tooth can easily be made to fit right in with your natural teeth. Dental implants can also last a long time if properly cared for in the way you would care for the rest of your teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and eating a healthy diet that’s high in vitamins and minerals and fiber and low in carbs and sugars.
What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?
The first step in getting a dental implant is coming in for a consultation so we can determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to support the implant. If so, we’ll then make an appointment for the surgery. When it’s time to place the dental implant, we’ll drill into your jaw bone and then screw the dental implant into your jaw. You will be heavily sedated during this procedure so you won’t feel any of this. Once the procedure is done, the healing process begins. It takes several months for the bone in your jaw to grow around the implant and then fuse with the implant so that it can hold it in place. Once the bone and implant have fused, we’ll place the replacement tooth on top of the implant so you’ll have the restored smile of your dreams.
How Long Does Pain Last After a Dental Implant?
While it varies from patient to patient, most people typically experience pain for up to 10 days after the surgery. During the first week of recovery you will experience pain, but if you take the pain medications that your dentist prescribed you then you should be able to manage just fine. During the second week of recovery, the pain should have subsided, but if you do feel pain you should call us right away because you may have an infection.
If you have any other questions about how long the pain lasts after a dental implant, give us a call!