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Dental implant, is it painful ?

Dental implants are artificial roots designed to replace missing teeth. They do not cause any allergic reaction and are made of biocompatible titanium

This diversity allows us to guarantee a perfect integration of the implant to have the best resistance and longevity to the implant.

Dental implants allow patients to regain normal chewing abilities while enjoying an impeccable aesthetic result. However, there is a strong apprehension regarding the installation of a dental implant concerning the fear of being in pain. The question that arises: is this really the case? 


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Does a dental implant hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, dental implant surgery is painless. It should be mentioned that this depends on the exact dental situation, as inflamed gums, for example, can be the source of unpleasant sensations, but this is not the case for the placement of the implant itself. 


The placement of a dental implant can be compared to the placement of a filling, for example, because it is less intense than an extraction or root canal treatment. Certainly the idea of screwing in an implant can be discouraging, however this procedure is a classic operation that does not cause any particular pain and besides, this intervention is performed under local anesthesia.


NB: It is possible to have side effects such as a swelling of the area which fades quickly. 


The procedure: is it done under anesthesia to avoid pain?

Dental implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia. In this case, the patient feels no pain during the procedure since the area affected by the dental implant placement will be completely insensitive.


A healing period of 3 to 9 months must be observed after the placement of the implant so that the bone heals around the dental implant. Once the osseointegration is complete, the second step is the final ceramic prosthesis which can be placed on the dental implant abutment and is also painless. 


After the implant is placed: can I experience pain?

Various reactions may occur after the dental implant is placed and in the days that follow, which may include


This is a swelling of the gum and cheek that is often present in a very slight way. This swelling is related to the inflammatory reaction that follows any surgical procedure. 

Slight sensitivity:

This sensitivity always depends on the surgical method used to place a dental implant. It is usually due to the detachment of the gum and not to the placement of the implant itself. Following the operation, this postoperative pain will disappear easily following the intake of classic analgesics (painkillers) that will be delivered to the patient.



This reaction rarely occurs. Moreover, it can appear following a bone graft or an important intervention. Hematoma is essentially due to internal bleeding that persists after the procedure.


Generally speaking, the patient should not have any post-operative pain, no more swelling or hematoma, and their teeth should be healing within a few days of the dental implant placement.


To go further: Side effects of a dental implant


Do dentures attached to dental implants cause pain?

At the end of the healing period, the dental implants are ready to receive the final prosthesis and it should be mentioned that this procedure is not painful at all. However, in order to get used to the new teeth, an adaptation phase of about 1 month is essential for every patient.


Many dentists recommend reintroducing foods that are more and more solid in a progressive manner, which will help the patient to regain full chewing function of their teeth and will improve their daily comfort.


Our dentists are the best post-surgery companions 

To ensure the comfort of our patients, our dentists, who are professionals in the field, interact quickly after surgery to deliver painkillers and anti-inflammatories. In this way, the patient feels no post-operative pain and can resume his or her daily life as soon as the procedure is over.


Also, to facilitate healing, our surgeons are available to listen to patients and can recommend and give post-operative advice, whether it be in terms of oral hygiene or diet. 


During the healing period, it is recommended that patients prefer soft foods to avoid putting excessive pressure on the implants. In addition, it is recommended that patients brush their teeth three times a day and use mouthwash to ensure that their teeth are always healthy. 

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