As with any invasive dental surgery, patients may experience swelling and bruising in the gums and face for up to 48 hours. There may be minor bleeding in the day following insertion of the implant, and some pain and discomfort for up to two weeks. This can be treated with over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Immediately after the surgery, it may take a couple of hours for feeling to return to the mouth after a local anaesthetic and care should be taken not to bite the tongue or cheek, and to avoid hot food and drinks.
Very rare side effects can include infection, nerve damage or sinus problems, but correct preparation and after-care significantly reduces the likelihood of this.
No, it should not hurt. You will be given a local anaesthetic prior to any work starting in your mouth. After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort as detailed above.
The implant itself should last a lifetime, and the crown can last 10 – 15 years with normal wear, even longer with excellent hygiene and care.
Yew Tree Dental Care are based in Slough and are highly experienced with dental implant procedures. We understand you may be anxious and have concerns around a permanent solution for missing teeth, and our friendly and sympathetic team will be happy to discuss all your options with you.