Dental implants are a great solution for a variety of oral health issues. However, many patients are worried about the dental implant process. Do dental implants hurt? What is recovery like? In this article, we’ll go over the implant process- and recovery- so you can know what to expect after your oral surgery.
The Dental Implant Process
There are a few different steps involved in the dental implant process. Some patients will need teeth extracted and/or bone grafting to prepare the mouth for the implant. There are also different types of implants used. All of these factors will influence your experience, your recovery time, and yes- your pain levels. Of course, all patients will begin with a consultation to discuss the best options for their surgery. This is the best time to ask questions about your specific surgery and recovery process.
Preparing for Surgery
Before your oral surgery, you might be prescribed medications to prevent infections. Take these as directed, and check with your surgeon before taking other medications. Also be sure to stock up on soft foods, beverages, and any additional meds you will need after the operation. Preparing for your implant procedure can help you feel as comfortable as possible on the big day.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Here is the question you’ve been waiting for. Do dental implants hurt? Like any oral surgery, you will experience some discomfort afterwards. However, you will also be given pain relievers to help you stay comfortable as you recover. Generally speaking, you can expect some pain in the day or two following your procedure, as well as some discomfort at the implant site for up to a week.
Your oral surgeon will give you specific tips on managing your pain. Following their instructions, taking medications as prescribed, and getting proper rest will all go a long way in reducing your pain. If your pain gets worse over time, or if you are still uncomfortable after 10 days, then talk to your surgeon.
Still Have Questions?
We know that the dental implant process can be overwhelming. At Rock Creek Oral Surgery, we work with every patient to help them feel comfortable before, during, and after oral surgery. To learn more about dental implants, call our team today.