The answer is clear: NO. In fact, no dental procedure need hurt, but there is a deep-seated fear of the dentist, either because of bad experiences from many years ago or because of ignorance, what we commonly call “odontophobia”.
The professionals who dedicate themselves to this branch of medicine, dentistry, have seen the evolution and have contributed every day to practice techniques that are less and less invasive, with more standardized protocols and with less risk.
Specifically, the placement of dental implants, which is the subject at hand, is carried out under local anaesthetic. Even on some occasions, if the patient is very nervous or it is a long surgery, conscious inhalation sedation can be used, so that, during the time the surgery lasts, the patient does not feel any pain.
Most patients are also very concerned about the post-operative period. We have to take into account that at the moment the anaesthesia disappears and the operation is freshly performed, there may be strange sensations, discomfort and uneasiness; never pain. If the patient who has just undergone surgery has no teeth, he will logically feel strange. On the other hand, the anaesthesia is applied by means of punctures and, once the area is awake, the patient may notice a slight swelling and discomfort, as the mouth has been open for longer than usual. However, all these effects are transitory.
The surgeon will administer a pharmacological treatment to avoid any type of complication and make the subsequent days as comfortable as possible. In principle, it is sufficient to take antibiotics to avoid infection, anti-inflammatory drugs to avoid swelling and painkillers to avoid pain.
In addition to the medication, at Alvarado Dental Clinic we have the benefits obtained after the application of the Elexxion laser, which acts to make the healing of the soft tissues faster, minimising inflammation if there is any, and accelerating the process of disappearance of possible haematomas.
In any case, we must take into account that our patients, as a rule, recover more quickly than patients treated with traditional implantology. Dr. Miguel Alvarado performs implant surgeries with a different, effective, safe and scientifically proven technique, without sinus elevation and without bone grafting, making it a much less traumatic, less invasive and cleaner operation from the outset.
Another fundamental premise is that the patient should be actively involved in his or her recovery by carrying out all the measures prescribed, in addition to carrying out the pharmacological treatment to the letter. It is also very important that he commits himself to maintaining scrupulous hygiene and modifies his eating habits until the surgeon discharges him definitively.
In short, implants do not hurt, neither at the time of placement nor during the recovery process.
For more information, we will be happy to assist you, study your case in depth and explain in much more detail the measures we take to make the experience as light as possible.