How Much Does It Hurt to Have Dental Implant Treatment? Your Comprehensive Guide

Are you considering dental implants but worried about the potential pain involved? Understanding what to expect during and after dental implant treatment can help ease your fears. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore how much it hurts to have dental implant treatment and provide tips for managing any discomfort you might experience.


What to Expect During Dental Implant Surgery


Before the procedure, Dr Rick Iskandar and the team at Tailored Teeth Burwood will numb the treatment area with local anaesthesia. This step ensures you won’t feel pain during the surgery, although you may experience a slight pinch as the anaesthesia is administered.

Implant Placement

Once the area is numb, Dr Rick will make a small incision in the gum to expose the jawbone. A hole is then drilled into the bone where the implant will be placed. While you may feel pressure or vibrations, you should not feel any pain.


After placing the implant, the gum is stitched up. The entire procedure usually takes between one and two hours, depending on the number of implants being placed.


Pain and Discomfort After Surgery

Day 1 to 3

Immediately after the anaesthesia wears off, you can expect some discomfort and swelling. This period is usually when pain is at its peak. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or paracetamol can help manage this pain. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as dexamethasone to help control pain and swelling more effectively.

Day 4 to 7

Pain and swelling should start to subside during this period. You might still feel some tenderness, but it should be less intense compared to the initial days.

Week 2 and Beyond

By the second week, most of the pain and swelling should have significantly decreased. You can gradually return to your normal activities.


Managing Pain During Recovery

Follow Post-Op Instructions

Your dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions. Following these closely can help minimise pain and prevent complications.

Use Ice Packs

Applying ice packs to the outside of your cheek can help reduce swelling and numb the area.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean is crucial. Your dentist may recommend a (very) gentle rinse with warm salty water or prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash.

Eat Soft Foods

Stick to a diet of soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that can irritate the surgical site.

When to Contact Your Dentist

While some discomfort is normal, contact your dentist if you experience severe pain, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection such as fever or pus.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does pain last after dental implants?

Pain typically peaks in the first few days and subsides significantly by the end of the first week. By the second week, most patients experience minimal discomfort.

What can I do to reduce swelling after dental implant surgery?

Using ice packs and following your dentist’s aftercare instructions can help reduce swelling. Keeping your head elevated while sleeping can also help.

Can I take painkillers after dental implant surgery?

Yes, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or paracetamol are usually recommended. Your dentist might also prescribe stronger analgesics or steroidal anti-inflammatories if needed.



Dental implant surgery might sound daunting, but understanding the procedure and knowing what to expect can help ease your fears. With proper care and management, any pain associated with dental implants can be minimised, leading to a successful and satisfying outcome.

If you’re considering dental implants or have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Tailored Teeth. Send us a DM on instagram, @tailoredteeth, an email at, or call us on (02) 8069 7945 to book an appointment.


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Types of Dental Implants 

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Aftercare Tips for Dental Surgery 


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