The answer is “far less than you’d think!”
For some, the idea of getting a dental implant seems frightening. Perhaps it’s the words that make us feel fearful: pins, screws, bone, gums, surgery – all words that can conjure up feelings of pain or distress – when the reality is quite different.
Of course, dental implant surgery is still considered major surgery, and shouldn’t be rushed into. However, the procedure, if performed by an experienced professional in a country like Australia that has strict hygiene and safety protocols, is quite straightforward and not terribly frightening at all! In fact, having a tooth pulled is considered to be more painful than having a tiny implant placed in your jaw. And many people report that there is little to no pain during – or after the procedure.
“…having a tooth pulled is considered to be more painful…”
Implant surgery is not only fairly straightforward, but the benefits are plentiful! Your quality of life can drastically improve. For the first time in possibly years, you’ll be able to improve your ability to bite and chew a larger range of healthy foods, like steak, crusty bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, vastly improving your nutrition. You’ll be able to laugh and talk freely without concerns that your dentures will come loose. You’re no longer be concerned with annoying denture clasps and glues, or irritating, poorly fitting dentures.
When you factor in all these major benefits that dental implants offer, you can see why dental implants are becoming such a popular procedure today.
Implant surgery: the procedure
Getting dental implants doesn’t happen overnight. There will be several visits – and several months of waiting while the implant becomes secure in your jawbone.
In this blog post, though, we’re going to focus on what it’s like to have the surgical procedure. And for this to have occurred, you would have had your full examination and x-ray with the surgeon, you’ve given the procedure some thought, received a second opinion and have decided to go ahead with the surgery.
“Most patients report far less pain from the surgery – if any – than they expected…”
Will there be pain with dental implant surgery?
No major anaesthetic is required, and most patients stay awake during the procedure. You’ll be given local anaesthetic and if preferred, a light sedative to put you at ease. If you would prefer more sedation, such as twilight sedation, this can also be arranged.
Once you are relaxed, and well and truly numb, the dentist will make a tiny incision in the gum before the implant is placed into the jawbone. Along with being anaesthetised, it’s good to know that there are very few pain receptors in the jawbone so very little pain can be felt.
The surgeon will then place some tiny stitches over the small wound, and you’ll be sent home with some care instructions, prophylactic antibiotics and pain relief which you only need to take if required.
Will I be sore after implant surgery?
For the next couple of days after dental implant surgery, you may feel some pain or ache in the jawbone, chin, cheeks, or underneath the eye area. If so, take some of the pain relief medication you were recommended and use an ice pack to help reduce swelling and eliminate any discomfort.
Again, this pain is usually temporary, and most people find that it is not an issue. However, you will have to be careful about what you eat. Only soft foods should be eaten for the next two weeks. You’ll also be advised to rinse your mouth regularly with warm salty water to help cleanse and soothe the area.
We recommend that you take it easy for the first few days after surgery: don’t drive, operate any heavy machinery or vigourously exercise. And, depending on your occupation, you may want to take a couple of days off work to stay at home and relax.
If, at any time, you experience any increased pain or swelling in the surgical area, ring us immediately. Fortunately, if you have your procedure performed in Australia, it’s good to know that in the small chance that something may go wrong, we’re right here to help you at any time.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.