Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Patients often have many concerns over the potential pain related to dental implant treatments. This can easily be overstated in the imagination when in reality any residing pain following the procedure can be usually be effectively managed through standard painkillers.


When preparing the area for surgery only a small amount of discomfort will be felt as the surroundings of the soon-to-be-placed implant are assessed and cleaned.

Placing the implant

Anaesthetic of the same strength used in routine dentistry is used in dental implant placement, which is very effective at numbing any pain sensation.
Depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure being carried out there are two types of common sedation used for the placing of the dental implant titanium screw.

  • Simpler treatments may simply require oral sedation such as Temazepam to reduce anxiety
  • In longer surgical treatments a conscious sedation/IV sedation is used

An appointment for a single dental implant can take from 30 minutes to a few hours for a multiple implant placement with bone grafting.

After the procedure

Because dental implant surgery means exposing the bone, there is likely to be minor swelling and in some cases, bruising. This may last for a few days. For most patients, post-procedure treatment entails:

  • Use of simple painkillers
  • A course of antibiotics
  • Rinsing with saltwater or mouthwash
  • Early monitoring of concerns

Following surgery, for the great majority of patients, the simple painkillers taken for a headache is all that is needed for those few days. Should you need something stronger, your implant dentist can prescribe it for you.

You will also need to take a course of antibiotics and follow aftercare procedures, including rinsing with salt water or mouthwash.

Healing is normally without incident and any stitches are removed a couple of weeks later, unless they have dissolved already.

During the first couple of days after surgery, any concerns – such as unforeseen pain or swelling – need to be reported to the clinic so a check-up can be arranged. Early detection of problems is essential.

A few days after surgery, most patients are unable to feel the implants. Furthermore, patients usually report that the level of discomfort experienced is even less than a tooth extraction.

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