One of the things that patients worry most about when undergoing treatment to replace missing teeth with dental implants is that the surgery and subsequent healing period will be painful. This concern and anxiety are further compounded by the fear of the dentist that many individuals suffer.
The surgery involved in installing dental implants is relatively minor and therefore there is no cause for concern. The surgery does involve exposing the bone so isn’t entirely pain free but it is carried out under local anaesthetic in order to minimise discomfort. Those patients who are familiar with the anaesthetic used in ordinary dentistry will be have quite a good idea of how the surgery will feel under the anaesthetic.
The length of time that the surgery takes varies from between thirty minutes for a single implant to several hours where surgery is more complicated. After the surgery you can expect swelling and bruising and there will be some discomfort. Healing does take time, as long as six weeks since the process is similar to healing after a fracture. If pain is experienced in this time, you should find that you are able to manage it using ordinary, over the counter pain killers such as the type you might use for a head ache, for example paracetamol or aspirin. In cases of the pain becoming so severe that it cannot be managed successfully with such pain killers then it is advisable to seek the help and advice of your dental health professional.