How Painful is It to Get Dental Implants?

Do most patients use narcotics to manage the pain, or is Advil and Tylenol enough? Do some people get headaches after the procedure? How often?

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Minimal Discomfort after Dental Implants

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All of the patients that I have seen post operative after their Dental Implants have been placed  have had zero to minimal discomfort. Any post operative pain can be effectively managed with Tylenol and or Motrin. I have found it to be very uncommon for a patient to require a Narcotic type medication after placement of a Dental Implant.

Paramus Dentist

How Painful is It to Get Dental Implants?

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Usually Tylenol or Ibuprofen is enough to take care of any soreness after placing dental implants. Headaches after the procedure could be from stressing out about procedure.

Pain and dental implants

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Implant placement procedure could potentially cause post-operative discomfort, but should not be painful unless a bone-grafting procedure is performed simultaneously with the implant placement.

Valentina Lyssova, DDS
New York Dentist

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Having Dental Implants Is Not a Painful Procedure.

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Dental implants should not be painful at all. If you are having a single implant placed most of our patients require only local anesthesia for the procedure, followed by an over the counter pain medication such as advil or tylenol and an antibiotic.
In our patients who have larger surgeries (Full extractions, all on 4 procedures) we usually recommend an IV Sedation administered by a certified anesthesiologist. Afterwards the patient is given an icepack to help with inflamation, given  an antibiotic and pain medication, and then scheduled for a check up a few days later.
As with any surgery you can expect some soreness afterwards, however nothing that will leave you in bed all day. 

Are dental implants painful?

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Dental implant should NOT be painful. A little bruising, oozing of blood and slight healing is a part of the normal post-op sequelae. But pain is rare and usually an indication that something went wrong. Dental implants are placed with local anesthetic and sometimes sedation Anestheisa. As such, at no time during the procedute should you ever feel pain. 

Herbert Veisman, DDS
Toronto Periodontist

Dental Implants Cause Very Little Discomfort

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Dental Impnat placement causes very little discomfort compared to other surgical procedures.  Of course the more involved the surgery is, the more discomfort there may be.  If bone grafts or tissue gratfs are performed along with the implants there may be slightly more discomfort, but still only minor.  The pain is easily controlled with over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen, but for the first day a narcotic may be needed.  I always give my patients a narcotic and they always tell me that thaey only used it for one day, or not at all.  If the tissue and bone is handled carefully there should be very little pain.  This is why surgeons with more experience tend to have less pain complaints from their patients.  If the tissue is not handled gently, that is where the pain comes from, the inflammation causes pain, not the actual surgical procedure

Brian Dorfman, MD, DMD
Phoenix Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dental implants and discomfort

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Dental implant procedure is the least uncomfortable procedure in oral surgery. it requires minimum amount of local anesthetic and the follow-up discomfort can be controlled with mild analgesics. Again, it all depends of the experience of the operator, the faster the procedure is done the less swelling, the more gentle on handling the soft tissue the less discomfort afterwards. truly, one of the best invention for human kind comfort.

Edgard El Chaar, DDS, MS.

Edgard El Chaar, DDS
New York Dentist


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A dental implant is a surgical procedure, but there is no need to be intimidated, take the time to educate you about the procedure and the results you can expect so that you can feel comfortable and confident about your dental implant procedure. Because each smile has its own story and each person has a unique set of needs, we always recommend our patients to learn the benefits and the advantage of the procedure.Replacing a missing tooth is one of the most beneficial oral health decisions you can make.

Pamela Marzban, DDS
Fairfax Dentist

Pain after the implant placement

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Implant placement is performed under local or general anesthesia,depending of the case, so needless to say it is not painful procedure. After the anesthetic wears out you might experience a mild discomfort, but it is very well managed with over the counter  Tylenol or Motrin. It is not common to prescribe narcotic analgesic if surgical procedure goes well without any complications.

Zina Kaleinikova, DDS, MS
Cleveland Dentist

Pain with dental implants

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It is very rare to find severe post-operative pain with dental implants.  Even the most apprehensive patient always returns to our office for the post-operative visit (usually 10-14 days after the surgery) with the same response, "I can't believe it didn't hurt!"

Dental implant surgery is very atraumatic--removing a tooth is a much more traumatic procedure.  It is a surgical procedure, however, so an inflammatory response will occur which can produce some discomfort.   Most of my implant surgery patients will take prescription-strength ibuprofen for 24 hours following the surgery; after 48 hours, most of my patients have stated that they did not need any further medication for pain control.

Chad Colson, DMD
Greenville Dentist

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