Comfort after Surgery
After implant surgery, you will likely experience some pain. However, most of our patients report that the discomfort is less than what you feel after tooth extraction. If you had your dental implants placed at the same time as your teeth were extracted, you would likely feel little to no discomfort specific to the implants.
Control Pain after Dental Implant Surgery
To reduce your pain after dental implant surgery, you should:
- Follow all postoperative instructions
- Take over-the-counter pain medication
- Use an ice pack
- Rinse with saltwater
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid crunchy and spicy foods
- Report pain that worsens after 5 days or continues for more than 14
It’s important to follow all postoperative instructions. If you have any questions or concerns about your implant procedure, first consult the documentation your Rochester dentist gave you. If they contradict the information here, stick with what your doctor told you–it might be customized to your specific procedure.
Usually, over-the-counter medications are sufficient to control discomfort as you recover. Tylenol and other acetaminophen pain relievers might be preferred. Some evidence suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the class of drugs that include ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve), can impair bone healing. However, the science is not certain. Furthermore, taking NSAIDs for less than two weeks likely causes no problems. In addition, ibuprofen might cause fewer problems than other drugs in the class. You can also use an ice pack to control discomfort and reduce swelling.
Rinsing with salt water can reduce your risk of infection. Infections are a major cause of pain and the leading cause of implant failure.
Take the rest of the day off after your dental implant procedure. However, you can return to non-strenuous work the next day. Avoid strenuous activities for a few days after surgery.
Crunchy and spicy foods can be painful and impair dental implant healing. Avoid them for about a week after your surgery.
After your surgery, discomfort may increase for 3-5 days, then diminish. Most people have no pain after 10-14 days. If your pain worsens for more than 5 days or persists past 14 days, talk to your dentist.