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Can dental implants cause pain?

Some discomfort following the placement of a dental implant is normal. The area may be tender or sore, so pain medication is usually prescribed to ease that discomfort. Your dentist may also recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
Like any invasive surgery, dental implants can indeed cause pain. But there is no reason why it can't be managed. Dentists or oral surgeons can prescribe pain medications and direct you on how to use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. This can help manage the swelling and pain related to oral surgery and dental implants. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with instructions on eating soft foods, cleaning your mouth effectively after the procedure, and what to do if there are complications.
Jonathan H. Ross, DDS
Periodontics

The time frame of the pain and type of pain must be ascertained.

During early healing after implant placement, you make experience soreness due to the surgery. This type of pain should be controlled with over-the-counter analgesics or mild narcotic analgesics.

After the crown or other restoration is made for the implant, there should not be any pain.

 If the pain is an electric shock or numbness, the implant may be impinging on a nerve. If the implant has already integrated in the bone, it ought to be removed and redone at a later date. If it is early on, the implant may be able to be partially backed out of the "screw hole" and then be allowed to integrate.

If there is pain on chewing, the biting surface of the restoration should be checked and possibly adjusted. If it still hurts, the implant is likely ailing or failing. If it is failing, the implant must be removed before more bone around the site is lost.

If the pain is around the gums, it may be a gingival or peri-implant abscess. Debridement (cleaning) of the area should aid in resolution of the pain.

In short, an implant CAN cause pain, but it is never a good thing if you are experiencing pain. Please see your dentist or the specialist who placed the implant soon before any more damage is done.

Before you have implants placed, ask the dentist or specialist how many they have placed and what their policy is in maintaining them. A good clinician will want to see the implant patient at least once a year to maintain implant health and prevent any further damage once peri-implantitis is diagnosed. 

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