Rockwall Oral Surgery

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Having healthy teeth and gums is vital to a happy, healthy smile and confidence in an individual. So, what happens when someone needs a tooth replacement? There are several options. However, one stands apart from the rest. As an alternative to dentures and bridges, dental implants are a popular choice. Having dental implants is surgical and often leads many patients to inquire if having the implants is painful.

The Dental Implant Process

When talking about discomfort, dental implant surgery and the healing process split into two separate parts. Before the surgery begins, the surgeon will sedate the patient. Next, an oral surgeon, like Dr. Pollock, cuts into the patient’s gums to expose the jawbone during the dental implant surgery. During this time, a drill may create a hole to house the implant. There is no worry about the pain during this part, as patients are completely asleep and likely won’t remember anything. Once the hole is created, the implant screws into the jawbone. Once set inside the mouth, the incision gets stitched back up. So, to answer the question at hand: the procedure itself is painless to the patient.

Healing Expectations

Once the sedation from the procedure wears off, patients should expect that the area may feel quite tender. However, this soreness should in no way be excruciatingly painful. If there is unbearable pain after surgery, please notify your doctor right away. For typical soreness, an oral surgeon may recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Additionally, instructions provided after the surgery needed to be closely followed for the best healing results. Some of the instructions may include:

  • Avoid straws for 48 hours
  • Maintain a liquid diet for 48 hours
  • Rinse with salt water three times a day
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid scorching foods

Dental Implants with Dr. Pollock

Are you trying to learn even more about the procedure and healing process of dental implants? Our team of professionals at Rockwall Oral Surgery is here to support your inquiries. For more information about dental implants and oral health, we suggest individuals contact us. To book an appointment with Dr. Pollock, please give our office a call at (469) 264-8921 or via email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com. We look forward to consulting your needs and helping patients maintain beautiful and healthy smiles.