Do Dental Implants Hurt Afterward?

If you’re missing a tooth or want a way to keep a denture firmly in place, dental implants are the way to go. These dental restorations are long-term and relatively permanent, since most implants can last for three to four decades without showing any signs of wear or damage. They can be used to hold onto different dental restorations like crowns, bridges and full denture plates.

What are Implants?

Implants are typically made out of titanium. These titanium posts are inserted deep into the bone of the jaw. Over the course of a few months, the implant’s post itself will bond with the bone. This fusion ensures that the implant is firmly in place and able to hold onto a range of other restorative options. The procedure to place the implant is relatively simple and normally requires that the implant be inserted into the jaw bone. Recovery time will vary from one patient to another, but most implants heal fully in about six months.

Maintaining And Caring For Your New Implants
As With Most Other Dental Surgeries

Do They Hurt?

As with most other dental surgeries, you can expect some pain, discomfort and swelling for the first few days after the implants have been placed. Keep in mind that not only did the surgery require creating an incision through the gums, but into the bone of jaw as well. Your body typically takes one to two weeks to fully heal from oral surgery. You may find that the implant is tender for the first few weeks or until it is able to completely fuse with the underlying bone. If you’re experiencing severe pain days or weeks after having surgery or if the area is incredibly swollen or abscessed, we recommend coming in for a follow up appointment to ensure that everything is alright.

Maintaining and Caring for Your New Implants

The best way to care for your new implants is to avoid eating anything that is overly hard, as this can cause small cuts and tears into the already-tender soft tissue. You do not want to eat anything that could cause the implant to loosen or break away from the bone it’s been placed into. Coming in for regular checkup appointments over the course of the few months your implant heals is crucial to ensuring it’s properly in place.

If you want to come into our office to talk about dental implants, call us today and we can work to get you in for an appointment.

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