After dental implant surgery – the anesthetic effect will wear off and the area where the implant was placed may hurt. Swelling and pain after an implant procedure is considered normal. Redness and swelling in the jaw bone which had surgery can last for 4 to 7 days.
During this initial stage of dental implant healing, some degree of pain occurs and later on subsides slowly. The severity of dental implant pain that you experience is dependent on various factors:-
1) what will my pain feel like?
The intensity of pain varies and it is based on any complications during the surgical procedure or additional surgeries such as tooth removal or bone grafting procedures. The larger the surgery – the more pain and swelling you will feel.
- You can experience pain more than usual and it is considered to be quite normal.
- Pain can be managed by over the counter pain medications or pain medications that are prescribed by your implant surgeon.
- The soreness is expected to subside in 3 to 5 days and the pain must subside in 7 to 10 days. soreness is a common phenomenon that can be encountered post-surgically for 10 days. This occurs in all kinds of surgeries. The soreness must always subside.
- In general, implant pain must subside after a week to 10 days of procedure.
- If the pain continues – make sure to return to the office – as it indicates implant failure. Implant failure can occur due to many causes such as Infection, Improper placement of dental implant, long healing cap, nerve impairment, loose implant, bone burn, gum pressure induced by a temporary bridge.
2) Swelling – Presence of swelling may indicate infection and you must contact your implant dentist. The infection can be managed with antibiotics.
3) Healing– Healing is not really dependent on the severity of pain that you encounter. But, it seems people respond better by experiencing less soreness and pain which makes the healing process seem faster compared to others.
Dental implant infection is the main responsible factor of Implant failure which occurs at an area of jawbone where the implant fixture is placed and it is associated with pain, swelling with redness, unpleasant smell, and unpleasant taste. Sometimes, the nerve can get affected and pain cannot be experienced due to numbness. However, swelling with redness implies implant infection and it requires attention from an implant dentist. If left untreated, the infection from gums can spread deeper to bone resulting in bone loss and complications. Infection and pain can be alleviated with antibiotics and other medications as it occurs due to substandard fixtures, oversized crowns, loose implant or loose healing cap.
A loose healing cap:
The healing cap comprises of a tiny cap and screw that is placed on the top of the implant during gum healing stage.
It is later removed during a crown placement on the implant.
This healing cap can get loose due to healing process causing gum irritation and soreness which can be managed by refitting the healing cap after removing it and cleaning the top of the implant.
A loose implant:
A loose implant can cause severe pain and the implant has to be removed to avoid further complications. But do not worry – This is a problem that is fixable.
Loose implants can happen to anybody, however, the implant usually heals into the bone and merges with it in most cases.
The use of substandard fixtures can provide poor fitting, resulting in a gap formation when placing the implant in the bone- This is why we use well standardized high quality fixtures to solve the problem.
Rarely the bone can get damaged by the heat generation of a drill during an implant procedure. This delays bone healing causing pain as an area of bone remains dead. As a result, removal of implant and a dead layer of bone with bone grafting to fill up the bone space can promote the healing process. This is a problem that is fixable.
Gum impingement caused by temporary bridge or denture:
It can occur by the presence of temporary tooth or denture that may press on the dental implant during healing process causing pain due to gum impingement over the implant. a rule of thumb – no pressure from a prosthesis on new dental implants in the first few weeks after they are installed.