Getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth will leave you with moderate short-term pain for long-term gain. During the procedure to insert the implant into your jaw, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area so you won't feel any pain during the insertion. Afterward, you may experience some pain; most describe it as mild and it's easily treated with over-the-counter painkillers. The pain should go away after a few days. Once the implant has healed, placing the crown or bridge on it won't hurt at all.