Dental implant pain
Part of the process of dental implant surgery includes fitting a metal screw into the jawbone. The metal screw allows the permanent or removable false teeth to be securely anchored. It does this by fusing with the jawbone (maxilla or mandible) which in turn creates a stronger foundation to fit any prosthetics. Those who are considered good candidates for having this type of surgery are people who are in good physical and dental health.
The surgery itself has a 98% rate of success. Most dental insurances will cover the expense of dental implants. There are some rare cases where the implant is rejected. Also, there are some complications that may arise such as a bone fracture, or infection. These are also very rare occurrences though. After surgery, most people tend to experience some pain. Due to the use of anesthesia, the surgery itself is painless. Slight discomfort and pain is experienced after the procedure is done. The pain usually recedes in 2 or 3 days. To deal with pain, your dentist may prescribe an analgesic along with an antibiotic for pain relief. In cases where the pain becomes severe, one should immediately see their dentist.
In order to diagnose possible issues being the cause of reported and persistent pain after dental implant surgery, your doctor will generally go over the procedure details. When there has been too much pressure during the screwing in of the metal screw or implant, it can result in a build up of pressure as the body’s response to inflammation. This can cause damage to the ID Nerve, especially if it was the mandible that the implant was fitted into.
Causes Of Pain
As mentioned above, upon reporting pain that is persistent and severe which follows dental implant surgery, your doctor will review the details of the procedure in order to properly diagnose any possible issues. Listed below are a few of the possible causes that the dentist will check into one by one.
- Dental injury
- Untreated infection
- Bone infection
- Aberrant nerve
- Use of an incorrect technique when screwing the implant into the jawbone
When there has been too much compression during the process of screwing, it can cause pressure to build up as a response of our body in dealing with the inflammation. The ID nerve can be damaged, especially in situations where it was the mandible that has been fitted for the implant.
Once the cause of the pain produced by dental implant surgery has been diagnosed, the dentist will be able to prescribe the appropriate medications for treatment. Pain medications will differ from one patient to the next because the extent of pain differs between patients. The use of analgesics to help with pain is something that is only meant to be used for a short time period.
When the pain is a result of inter-bony pressure building up, the only choice is to have the implant removed. It can take about a week or more for this pressure to be completely released from the bone. When a week has passed, the implant can be refitted into the same position. In situations where an implant has been rejected by the patient’s body, the dentist will generally fit a different, and usually much bigger implant. Normally the dentist will not charge extra for refitting a second implant. Pain should usually subside between 3 to 5 days.
There are many advantages to having dental implant surgery. One should not let the thought of pain or other complications deter them from choosing this option of treatment. Using corrective measure can easily deal with any conditions that may arise.