Pain After A Dental Implant – Understanding What’s Normal

Pain After A Dental Implant – Understanding What’s Normal

Thinking about getting a dental implant in West Bend? Wondering what you can expect after your implant placement surgery? In this guide from Oakbrook Dental, we’ll take a look at what is (and isn’t) normal when it comes to pain and discomfort after dental implant surgery. Let’s get started.

You Won’t Feel Any Pain Immediately After Your Treatment

Immediately following your treatment and for several hours afterward, your mouth will still be numb from the anesthetic used during the surgery. In addition, you may still be under the effects of sedation if you chose to be sedated during your treatment. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort at this time.

Pain Will Usually Peak Within 48-72 Hours After Your Surgery

Once your numbing and sedation wear off, you’ll begin to experience some minor pain and discomfort. This is to be expected, and it’s normal. Your pain may be accompanied by swelling, inflammation, bruising, and tenderness near the treatment site(s).

For most patients, this pain will peak sometime between 48-72 hours after surgery, and will then begin to fade relatively quickly. Overall, the pain you’ll experience is relatively minor. Compared to a tooth extraction, for example, dental implant surgery is much less invasive and much less painful.

It’s Normal To Feel Some Minor Discomfort Up To A Week After Surgery

Although you should not feel much pain, you may still experience some tenderness and discomfort near the surgical site(s) for up to a week after your surgery.

During this time, it’s important to continue following your post-op instructions from Dr. Patel and Dr. Major. Make sure you’re eating a diet of mostly soft foods, cleaning your surgical site properly, and following all other relevant instructions.

Your Mouth Should Feel Normal After 2 Weeks Post-Surgery

Most patients are able to completely recover from their surgery within 1-2 weeks. Once your mouth heals, you shouldn’t feel any severe pain or tenderness near the implant site, and you should be able to go back to your normal diet without any complications.

Around this time, you may also be asked to come back to Oakbrook Dental to see Dr. Patel or Dr. Major and get a quick checkup to ensure that your mouth is healing properly. This is also when your stitches will be removed if non-dissolving stitches were used during your procedure.

If you experience any severe pain or discomfort 2+ weeks after your implant surgery, this is not normal. You should contact Oakbrook Family Dental right away for a consultation so that Dr. Patel or Dr. Major can determine the source of the problem and provide you with the appropriate treatment.

See If Dental Implants Are Right For You – Contact Oakbrook Dental Today!

Dental implants are a great way to permanently restore missing teeth, and if you’re interested in the benefits of dental implants in West Bend, Dr. Patel and Dr. Major are here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (262) 335-0822 to schedule an implant consultation, and learn more about your options for restoring your smile.