Do dental implants hurt?

A common fear before having your dental implant treatment and understandably one of the most asked questions we encounter. To begin, we don’t blame you for wondering, because the procedure can seem a little daunting. You will be pleased to know it’s less invasive than you think, and a lot less painful too. So, let’s begin by answering the question below.

Does the procedure hurt?

The dental implants treatment procedure involves drilling into your jawbone where your missing tooth is and placing a titanium screw, which forms the artificial root. Now, although that sounds severely painful, rest assured we use a local anaesthetic to perform this part of the treatment. At this point, there shouldn’t be any pain whatsoever, but you may feel discomfort. We use only a local anaesthetic so you can still have the pain of placement numbed down but so that you can also communicate with us. Because this is classed as a minor procedure, it shouldn’t hurt, but the healing process will possibly be a slight inconvenience in your life. Typically, you should experience discomfort for up to 10 days after your appointment, with swelling lasting for 5 of these days.

Dental implants aftercare

Dental implant aftercare depends on how quickly and successfully you heal and your individual needs as a patient, so it’s difficult to give a general overview of aftercare. We’ll talk you through this at your appointments with us. 

Comfort post treatment

Soft and cold foods are recommended while you heal, so foods like ice cream and jelly are ideal. Stay away from acidic foods and drinks like orange juice but opt for softer drinks that are full of vitamins and nutrients. Keeping your immune system healthy and happy will help your healing process and fight off any infection that can occur.

Holding a cold compress to the outside of your cheek or jaw where you had the procedure will also help to lessen some of the pain. Wrap some ice cubes in a towel, use an ice pack or even a frozen pack of peas will do the trick.

Seek professional advice if you’re unsure of how you’re healing, anyone experiencing sensations you don’t think you should be, or have any questions please get in contact with us and we’ll arrange an appointment with you to come in and check over to see if you’re healing according to plan.

Dental implants in York

If it’s for you or someone close and you’re considering dental implants in York, then get in touch with our friendly team here at Blossom Dental. As mentioned, we understand coming to the dentist, in general, is a daunting task, however, the team here has a special interest in dental implants and all forms of implant dentistry, so we will be able to advise on what is best for you, so get in touch today to begin your implant journey.