Does It Hurt to Have Dental Implants Placed?

Does It Hurt to Have Dental Implants Placed?

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Having dental implants DOES NOT HURT

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Dental implant procedures in the right hands of a highly trained and qualified surgeon is a relatively straight forward procedure and should not hurt at all. This implant surgery can be done in minutes (for a single implant) under local anesthetic (or sedation if you are apprehensive) and you will not feel anything. After the surgery, you will be placed on antibiotics and pain killers, and once again, you will not feel much. Normal post-op implant surgery sequelae includes a little swelling, a little oozing of blood, and a little discomfort (up to 3 out of 10 scale where 10 would be severe pain). If you do have pain, call the surgeon and let them know and they will call you in for a quick visit to assess the issue or refer you to another specialist if you happen to be out of town. 

Toronto Periodontist

Dental Implant Placement is NOT painful

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Dental implant placement is relatively painless.  For years, I personally have called every patient in the evening after placing dental implants.  So far 99% of patients, at most report being a little sore the day of implant placement.   It's actually less painful that extracting a tooth.   Many of my cases are performed flaplessly, meaning the gum is not cut and pulled back.  This makes the healing even easier.

Peter Mann, DDS
Manhattan Dentist

Pain after implant surgery

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Usually implant placement is not a painful procedure. When implant is placed flaplessly the patient usually has mild discomfort that goes away in a couple of hours and in more extended situations it can be compaired to uncomplicated tooth extraction. In cases when additional grafting is performed the discomfort from the surgery can easily be managed with mild pain medication. Majority of the procedures is performed under local anesthesia. 

More extensive cases with multiple extractions, implant placement is sometimes recommended to be done under oral or iv sedation for patient`s comfort. 

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Is there pain with dental implant placement?

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The placement of dental implants is a very atraumatic event.  Most of our patients return to work and normal function the next day. 
There is more discomfort associated with tooth extraction then with tooth replacment.  Most of the patients rarely need any pain killers after the first few hours.
Good Luck.

Dan Hagi, DDS
Toronto Dentist

Implants are a minor surgery

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Like getting a tooth pulled, a dental implant is a minor surgical proceedure. Usually people report having less sensitivity than pulling the tooth, but it can have a range from slight to moderate discomfort. The actual placement can be done with no pain after the local anesthetic is given.

M. Andrew Atwood, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

Pain after dental implants?

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For placement of a dental implant, the discomfort most patients complain of is associated with the incision made in the gum tissue (if even an incision is necessary).  Bone has no nerve endings, so you won't experience pain related to the implant being placed into bone.

Although I provide my patients with a prescription for pain, most, if not all, tell me that they didn't need it.

Michael Gulizio, DMD, MS
Manhattan Dentist

Dental implant is not a painful procedure

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Most patients take mild pain medications after dental implant placement. It causes minimal discomfort when done properly and in an atraumatic manner. During surgery, many of my patients choose IV sedation for comfort but it is also quite possible to do it comfortably under local anesthesia or nitrous oxide sedation.

H. Ryan Kazemi, DMD
Bethesda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Its minor surgery,therefore minor discomfort.

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The mouth has an amazingly quick healing time due to the vascularization of the gums,bone etc. You will be  numb during the most painful part and by the time it wears off the pain will be minimal to none..

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Dental implant placement is relatively painless

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There are several methods to the surgery, some more uncomfortable than others.  Most remark that having a filling is more uncomfortable, so a rule of thumb would be that dental implants are not significantly uncomfortable (nice double negative, eh?).

The biggest factor is that there are no nerves in bone, so all discomfort comes from gum tissue treatment.  If the tissue is "flapped" there is more discomfort than if there was just a small punch of tissue.

Some instances simply require more, so every case is different.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.