Certain types of dental procedures are painful, and this is especially true for anything that involves a surgical operation. For example, cosmetic dental implantation requires surgery and you will feel some discomfort after the procedure is over. And while pain is a normal part of the process, pain can also be a sign that there is something wrong or concerning. Keep reading to learn when this is the case.
Pain Lingers For More Than A Week
Before your dental implant procedure, your dentist will provide you with a great deal of information so you know exactly what to expect. This information will include a timeline of the pain you feel. You will feel the most severe discomfort for the first 24 to 48 hours. Severe pain will then subside and you feel a more throbbing pain and some discomfort if any pressure is placed on the implant area. This pain will last anywhere from seven to ten days.
Once you reach the seven to ten day period your pain should subside almost completely. You may notice a slight flare up of discomfort when eating, drinking, or lying down. And, this pain should be well controlled with the help of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
If you notice that your pain has not subsided or gotten better and it has been two weeks since your implant procedure, then this is a sign of a complication. Do not continue to treat your pain at home and make arrangements to see your dental professional as soon as you can. The most common complication in this scenario is an infection. Both soft tissue and bone tissue infections are a concern.
Pain Is Sharp And Radiating
While some pain is normal, you are unlikely to feel anything past a nagging discomfort that is similar to a toothache or a wound that is in the process of healing. The pain should not be so severe that you cannot sleep or that you need multiple doses of strong painkillers to control it.
Also, if you notice a sensation where the pain seems sharp or like an electric shock that radiates through the jaw, then you need to speak with your dental professional. This kind of discomfort can signal a problem that involves nerve damage in the region or it may indicate that the dental implant is loose and rubbing against the bone or a nearby nerve.
If you want to know more about dental implants and the pain you may experience once one is secured in the jaw, speak with a cosmetic dentist.