Do Dental Implants Hurt? The Truth About Dental Implants

Dental implants are tiny metal posts used to support replacement teeth, such as crowns, dentures or bridges, functioning as artificial tooth roots. If you have biting and speech problems and your confidence is affected due to gaps between teeth or missing teeth, dental implant treatment may be right for you.

This article will explore the truth about dental implants, especially whether they hurt or not and help you understand the pain level you may expect to prepare you for this oral surgery.

Dental implants do not hurt because the materials used in this procedure, such as titanium and zirconia, are designed to be compatible with the human body. Studies show that the pain intensity in tooth extraction is higher than in dental implants. You may feel mild discomfort during the dental implant procedure, but you will be put under anaesthesia, which numbs the nerves around the implant area to make you relaxed and comfortable.

Your dentist will prescribe over-the-counter pain medications to help manage pain and discomfort after surgery. In some cases, while Dental implants are safe, complications may arise during the surgery that gives you pain, such as nerve damage and sinus problems. You may also experience pain months or years after the surgery, most likely due to implant failure.

Are You Put To Sleep During A Dental Implant Procedure?

Typically, patients undergoing dental implant surgery receive local anaesthesia. If you are anxious about the procedure, have dental fear or have a low pain threshold, your dentist may also recommend sedation or general anaesthesia.

General anaesthesia will make you unconscious during the surgery, while sedation anaesthesia will help you relax, but you will still be awake.

There are different sedation options (mild, moderate and deep) that can be used during this surgical procedure, including:

  • Nitrous Oxide

    Also called laughing gas, it is a gas that you inhale through a mask placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that relaxes you and helps dull any pain. Its effects wear off immediately after the gas is no longer inhaled.

  • Oral Sedation

    You will take this as a pill an hour before the operation. Oral sedation will make you drowsy and less aware of what is happening around you, but you can respond to questions from your dentist.

  • IV Sedation

    This type of sedative is delivered through a vein in your arm. While the level of sedation is deep, you can still respond to light physical touch or pain in a relaxed and stress-free state.

    It’s worth noting that you need someone to drive you home after the dental procedure, whatever type of anaesthesia you receive.

Is Tooth Implant Treatment Recovery Painful?

After your dental implant surgery, you can expect the following:

  • 1-3 days after the surgery

    Pain, swelling and bleeding are normal within this period, but they may start to go away 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.

  • 1 week after the surgery

    You should not feel much pain at this point, and the bleeding has stopped. You may also be able to eat firm food like pasta. But make sure to chew on the other side of your mouth to avoid putting pressure on the surgery site.

    If self-dissolving sutures were used, they should start dissolving by now. Otherwise, you need to visit your dentist to have them removed.

  • 2 weeks after the surgery

    Two weeks after surgery, the vast majority of patients can return to their normal selves and activities, but some may still experience slight pain and tenderness around the gums. You may feel that your incision site is a little sore and tender when you touch it, but you shouldn’t feel significant pain or inflammation.

How Can I Reduce Pain And Discomfort After Dental Implants?

Here are some proper care tips to minimise pain and discomfort after your surgery:

  • Get enough rest for at least 2 days after the procedure.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water a few times per day for at least three days after surgery.

  • Gently apply an ice pack to the sore area as needed to help reduce swelling and pain.

  • Take your medications with proper dosage and on time as your dentist prescribes, and follow other post-op instructions.

  • Consume soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, soup, and yoghurt, for a few days to avoid putting too much pressure on your surgery site.

  • Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours after the surgery, as the suction can cause bleeding and pain.

  • Avoid tobacco products and alcohol for at least two weeks after the surgery, as it can delay healing and increase dental implant risks, such as infection.

  • Avoid hot food or drinks, as they can irritate your gums.

Final Thoughts

Dental implants are used in a dental implant procedure to support replacement teeth, such as dental crowns, bridges or dentures. The implant itself doesn’t hurt because the materials used are compatible with the human body. You will receive anaesthetics during the procedure, so you may feel little to no discomfort. After the procedure, pain is normal for a few days due to the incision, but your dentist will prescribe a pain reliever to help control it. In addition, you can take measures at home to help manage the pain.

If you are considering this procedure due to tooth loss, but are concerned with tooth implant pain, contact us at 08 9535 4900 to book a consultation.

Peel Dental Studio is a modern dental clinic with a team of dentists with many years of experience performing dental implants. One of the dentists will take time to discuss the procedure, the pain level you can expect, as well as dental implant risks, benefits, costs, etc. Ultimately, this is when they will assess your oral health condition to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.


You should have overall good oral health to be a good candidate for the procedure. This includes having healthy gums, no tooth decay, periodontal disease, and enough jaw bone to support the implant. Your dentist must treat gum disease or other dental issues before dental implants. Your adult teeth should also have developed, and your expectations should be realistic.

The benefits of dental implants are aesthetics and functional, acting as your natural teeth. They can help improve your smile and improve your confidence by providing support to false teeth used to replace missing or damaged teeth. They also help preserve your facial structure and adjacent teeth and prevent bone loss by stimulating the growth of new bone cells. In addition, dental implants help improve oral health by making it easier to brush and floss teeth, which helps reduce the risk of gum disease.

This varies depending on the number of implants placed and your mouth’s condition. Generally, it takes 5 to 8 months to complete the treatment, including the tissue healing process. This can be longer if you have other dental issues that must be addressed first. In addition, while dental implants are safe, you may encounter problems along the way, like infection, that makes the treatment longer to complete, especially if you don’t follow your dentist’s instructions.

This is different depending on the number of implants needed, the artificial tooth to be used, your oral condition, location and additional procedures necessary, such as sinus lift and bone graft. But on average, dental implants cost between \$3,000 and \$5,500 per tooth. According to the 2020 Australian national dental fee survey, a single dental implant can cost up to \$5,514. To get an accurate quote, ask your dentist during your consultation.

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.