Dental implants: can they cause pain?

Candidates for the placement of dental implants are those who have suffered the loss of a dental piece.

It is very important to place the implant as soon as possible after the loss of a tooth, because waiting any longer can reduce the amount of jawbone in the affected area and create a chain of detrimental effects on oral health.

For cases in which the patient has suffered a partial loss of jawbone, there are bone regeneration techniques to make the placement of dental implants possible.

How are implants placed?

Before dental implants are placed, there is a preliminary phase in which the dentist performs a study to analyze the patient’s case and the needs of his or her mouth, in order to offer the best possible solution.

In the case of a damaged tooth, the tooth will be extracted before the implant is placed.

There are 3 phases in the dental implant placement procedure:

  • Phase 1: The screw is placed at the level of the bone and below that of the gum. This screw will act as the root of the dental piece.
  • Phase 2: The implant abutment is placed. The function of the abutment is to hold the dental crown.
  • Phase 3: The dental crowns are placed.

Can dental implants cause pain and how can it be alleviated?

Generally, people associate the presence of great pain at the moment of placing the implants, which causes a certain rejection in people at the time of this treatment.

However, this is a mistaken belief. Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, implant surgery has become a minimally invasive surgery and, with the use of local anesthesia, the patient will not feel pain during the placement of dental implants.

It is common to feel some pain 24 hours after the implants are placed, so the dentist prescribes the patient to take painkillers. It is also advisable to apply ice wrapped in a cloth on the affected area.

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After 24 hours the pain should subside. If it persists, contact the dental clinic for an appointment, as it is possible that a problem has arisen.

What care should be followed after implant placement?

It is important to follow the dentist’s recommendations to avoid any type of problem with the recovery from surgery.

The care that each patient should follow are:

  • Do not eat any food until the anesthesia has worn off.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco in the days following surgery.
  • Maintain a careful oral hygiene
  • It is advisable to keep the head as upright as possible during the first days.
  • Limit physical effort in the week after the surgery.

What problems can appear in the implants?

One of the problems that can appear in dental implant treatments is that the patient’s body rejects the implant. Therefore, in our dental clinic we use implants with materials that have a high biocompatibility to avoid this problem.

In the postoperative period, the patient may experience swelling of the operated area, sensitivity of the affected area and occasional bleeding. To minimize these inconveniences, the dentist may prescribe some inflammatory medication for the days following surgery.

Regarding long-term problems, implants should not generate any kind of problem if they have been successfully placed, since the greatest complications usually occur in the first days after placement, in case of rejection. To obtain a high probability of success, it is advisable to go to a dental implant specialist with a high success rate in his field.

At Asensio Advanced Dentistry we have been in the implantology sector for more than 25 years offering the best results to our patients and reinventing ourselves year after year.