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Feeling Pain After Dental Implants? Find Out What’s Normal (And What Isn’t)

Whether you’ve already received your dental implants from Dr. Preston Hamrick at Heritage Dentistry, or you’re just interested in implants and are exploring more information about the treatment, you may be wondering about pain after dental implants. Are implants supposed to hurt after surgery? When will the pain fade, and what’s normal? Get all the answers you need below.

Some Pain Is Normal After Implant Surgery

While we do use the latest surgical techniques to minimize the invasiveness of dental implant surgery, the treatment still involves making an incision in the gum, creating an opening in your jaw tissue, and placing an implant directly in the area. Because of this, you can expect some level of pain and discomfort after your implant treatment.

Immediately after your treatment, you won’t feel any pain. But as your numbing wears off, the treatment area may begin to ache and hurt. If Dr. Hamrick prescribes painkillers, make sure to fill your prescription and take them as directed. You can also use over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with pain. Applying an ice pack to the cheek near the affected area can also help.

In most cases, symptoms including pain, swelling, bruising, and bleeding should peak within about 72 hours of your treatment. After this, your mouth will begin to heal and you will experience less discomfort.

You Can Expect Pain To Fade Within 3-7 Days As Your Mouth Heals 

You may still experience some pain and discomfort after 3 days, but you should no longer be bleeding and you should not be feeling as much pain. During the recovery process, make sure you’re following the instructions provided to you by Dr. Preston Hamrick to ensure you recover from your surgery quickly.

After about a week, your implant should be noticeably less tender, and it should no longer be very bruised or swollen. It should also no longer be bleeding. 

Your Implant Should Be Fully Healed Within 2 Weeks Post-Surgery 

Depending on your case, it may take between 1-2 weeks to fully recover from your surgery. Once your implant has fully healed, it should only feel slightly tender when touched, and you should no longer be experiencing any symptoms like bruising, swelling, or pain.

Serious pain and discomfort that lasts more than 1-2 weeks after implant surgery is not normal, and is a sign that something may have gone wrong during the implant placement process. For example, the implant site may have become infected. It’s very important to contact Dr. Hamrick for a follow-up appointment if you are experiencing serious pain lasts 1-2 weeks or longer after dental implants.

Know What To Expect From The Dental Implant Process At Heritage Dentistry

Like any oral surgery, it’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort after dental implants, but serious pain that lasts 1-2 weeks or longer is not normal. We hope this blog has been informative, and helped you learn more about what you can expect from treatment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, just contact Heritage Dentistry online or give us a call at (864) 292-5125.