The Painless Truth About Dental Implants

Dec 6, 2023 | Dental Implants Edmonton, Dental Implants Ellerslie

The Painless Truth About Dental Implants

Dental Implants | The Painless Truth About Dental Implants In Edmonton

Hey, it’s Dr. Peter Yoo here! I bet many of you have been down the rabbit hole of internet research, trying to figure out whether or not dental implants hurt. Well, I’m here to break it down for you, just like that time I tried to assemble a DIY bookshelf and ended up calling a carpenter. We live and we learn, right?

Unpacking the Dental Implant Process

Alright, let’s dive in. When we talk about dental implants, the first image that comes to mind might be something out of a sci-fi movie, but in reality, it’s far less dramatic. The first step is to come into The Tooth Doctor for a free consultation to see if this procedure is right for you.

Local Anesthesia: Your New BFF

First off, during the procedure, you’ll be under local anesthesia. Yes, the same stuff they use when you get a filling. The most prevalent one used today is lidocaine. It is injected near the nerves that give sensations. If you’ve ever had a filling before, you know the drill (pun intended). It feels a bit odd, sure, but painful? Well that all depends on your personal pain threshold. It isn’t any more painful than when getting a cavity filled.

Also, by the time most people need a dental implant they have learned coping mechanisms for getting needles injected. If this is still an issue, The Tooth Doctor has proven track records of helping many nervous patients to remain calm through any procedure, big or small.

The Aftermath: What to Expect

Now, after the procedure, things might be a bit uncomfortable. Kind of like after a vigorous workout, you know you did something to your body, but it’s a good kind of sore. I remember back when I tried doing burpees for the first time… Not fun. Anyway, you might experience some swelling, but that usually subsides after a week to 10 days. Pro tip: Keep an ice pack handy. It’s a game-changer.

Discomfort vs. Pain: Know the Difference

Just like there’s a difference between discomfort and being hit by a truck, there’s a distinction between the normal post-procedure discomfort and severe pain. Dental implants are designed to be a smooth experience, so if you’re feeling like you’ve been run over, something’s not right. Always, always reach out to your dentist if the pain seems severe or if it persists longer than expected. This is discussed in further detail when you come in for a consultation. Every person is unique and so is their healing timeline.

Tips to Keep You Smiling

So, what can you do to ensure a smooth experience?

Home Care is Key

After a dental implant procedure, it’s not only your diet that requires careful consideration; how you treat the surgical site needs equal attention. Look after the implant area. No poking or prodding. If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo you’ll remember how hard it was to resist scratching. Same principle applies.


  • Keep it clean by gently rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution a few times a day, especially after meals. This also keeps the risk of infection at bay. If your dentist has given you antibiotics or painkillers, be sure to take them as directed as they’re essential for preventing complications and managing discomfort.
  • Get enough rest, especially for the first 24-48 hours. This will speed up the healing process.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping to help reduce swelling.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water to also aid in the healing process.

Do Not:

  • Don’t rinse vigorously for the first 24 hours and be sure to avoid any forceful spitting. It might dislodge the blood clot forming at the surgery site.
  • Don’t eat hot foods and drinks because these can worsen swelling and discomfort.
  • Absolutely no smoking or tobacco products as they stall the healing process and may lead to complications.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for at least the first few days. This means steer clear of heavy lifting, running, or any other activity that increases blood flow to the mouth. Again this has potential to disrupt healing.
  • Do not touch the surgical site when brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be extra gentle around the implant area.
  • No straws should be used due to the suction potentially dislodging the blood clot from the surgical site.

Diet Matters

After undergoing a dental implant procedure, it’s essential to prioritize your oral health and ensure the implant site heals optimally. For the first few days, go easy on your diet. Think soft foods, smoothies, and the like. Give the implant site some TLC. Foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and applesauce can all be nourishing and gentle on your mouth. Smoothies made from fruits, vegetables, and protein powders are optimal so that you still get the protein in. When choosing soups, opt for broth-based ones and ensure they are not too hot; lukewarm is ideal. Soft pasta, well-cooked rice, and cottage cheese can be added to your list as well.

Remember to stay away from anything too spicy, sticky, hard, or crunchy during this initial healing period. Drinking plenty of water is crucial, but try to avoid using straws as the suction can disturb the implant site. Equally important is to keep away from alcohol and tobacco, both of which can hinder the healing process. By adhering to these dietary guidelines, you’ll give your dental implant the best chance to integrate successfully and ensure a smoother recovery.

Follow the Doc’s Orders – Contact your dentist today!

This one’s a no-brainer. Your dentist knows best. If they say rinse with a particular mouthwash or take certain meds, do it. They’ve got your best interests at heart. For any questions or fears, contact your dentist directly, they will be happy to answer anything dental implants related!

So there you have it! Dental implants, while sounding daunting, are pretty straightforward. With the right care and a stellar dental team, it’s a breeze. And hey, if I can survive a failed DIY bookshelf project and those killer burpees, you can definitely handle a dental implant procedure. Until next time, keep smiling!