Since implant treatment is a surgical procedure that involves placing an implant into your gum and jaw tissue, you can expect some pain and discomfort after your dental implant is placed. You won’t feel much pain right after your procedure, but as your numbing and sedation wear off, you will begin to experience some discomfort.
In most cases, the pain and discomfort of a dental implant will peak within about 1-3 days. Your discomfort will likely be accompanied by bruising, swelling of the treatment area, and intermittent bleeding.
You will need to eat a soft diet, avoid brushing the area directly, and to follow your recovery instructions from your dentist to ensure that your mouth heals properly. If you do, you should feel much better after 5-7 days. There may still be some bruising and swelling, but your implant site will be much less tender, and you should not be bleeding or feeling serious pain and discomfort.
For most patients, initial recovery from your implant placement takes between 1-2 weeks. By the end of second week, your implant site may feel slightly tender, but it should feel normal otherwise.
There should be no significant swelling, inflammation, discoloration, bruising or bleeding at this point. While it will take 3-6 months for your implant to fully bond with your jaw bone, it will feel normal after 2 weeks.
If you are experiencing serious pain and discomfort after two weeks, make sure you follow up with your dentist. This is not normal. It could indicate that your implant site has become infected, or that the implant has not begun bonding to the jaw bone properly. In rare cases, your pain and discomfort could be due to a metal allergy.
In most cases, it will be possible to save your dental implant. If it’s infected, for example, your dentist may be able to remove bacteria from around the implant site, replace the implant, and use antibiotics to control and remove the infection.
To ensure that you get the care you need and have the best chance of saving your implant, make sure you contact your dentist if you are in pain and it’s been more than 2 weeks since your initial placement appointment.
The best way to avoid complications during the dental implant procedure is to work with an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Carolyn Griffin. Dr. Griffin has performed hundreds of implant procedures, and can ensure that you heal and recover from your surgery quickly. To learn more and get started, just contact us at (414) 962-1800, or stop by our office at 1720 E Lake Bluff Blvd, Shorewood, WI 53211.