Skip to main content
Dental ImplantDenture implantsImplant dentistry

Is it Possible to Have Pain After a Dental Implant?

By October 28, 2022October 31st, 2022No Comments

You will likely experience some pain or discomfort after dental surgery, but it should not last more than a few days.

The pain may worsen as the local anesthesia from the process wears off. The pain is likely to be near the site of the implanted tooth.

Other symptoms you may experience after dental implant surgery include:

  • bleeding at the surgery site
  • swelling around the gums and the face
  • minor bruising
  • jaw pain

To manage and reduce pain, your oral surgeon will provide instructions for proper care after surgery. Postoperative care may include:

  • prescription and over-the-counter medications for pain
  • avoidance of certain foods, such as hard and hot foods
  • ice packs to reduce swelling
  • rest on the day of the procedure and possibly in subsequent days, depending on how you feel
  • instructions on how to care for the surgical site

How long should discomfort and pain last following a procedure?

Pain after a successful dental implant procedure should last for a while if everything is healing properly. Your pain may last 3-5 days after the procedure. You may need to take pain medication for 1 or 2 days.

You can resume your daily activities the day after the procedure if you feel comfortable.

You may experience swelling, bruising, and stiffness in the jaw for a while. These symptoms should subside within 7 to 10 days after surgery.

Causes of throbbing pain after dental implant procedure

It is rare to experience pain for a long time after the dental implant procedure. You may feel worse for a few hours after the procedure as the pain subsides, but it should decrease in pain over time.

You can experience a complication after the process that may cause more pain. Your surgeon or dentist should investigate these issues immediately.

Incision line opening

This is one of the most common problems following the implant process. This happens when the surrounding tissue opens again after surgery.

You may experience pain or discomfort if the incision is open. Your oral surgeon may tell you to rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine soap several times a day or use antibiotics to prevent infection.

If the pain doesn’t lessen, you may need additional medical care.

Improperly fitted implant

Discomfort or pain can be a sign that the implant is not properly attached to the bone. The implant can be removed and can be reinserted later.


Infection occurs when bacteria enter the tissue affected by surgery and prevent it from healing. The wound may re-open or not heal.

At Cary Family Dental in Cary, NC we offer dental implants.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton today.

Contact Cary Family Dental to discuss dental implants:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

915 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, North Carolina


Leave a Reply