Do Dental Implants Hurt the Surrounding Gums

July 03, 2023 4 min read

Do Dental Implants Hurt the Surrounding Gums

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be described as artificial roots inserted within the jawbone to support a tooth replacement or bridge.

  • They are made of a biocompatible substance, titanium normally. Biocompatible materials are important as they prevent the implant from being rejected by the body. Non-rejection is necessary so that the implant can permanently fuse with the bone over time.
  • Dental implants are an extremely durable. This makes for excellent tooth replacement options. In practice, a dental implant is the only permanent option for tooth loss.
  • Potential discomfort or pain, is a common concern that many individuals have regarding a dental implant. In particular, there is worry as to whether implants will cause pain or discomfort to the surrounding gums.

To address these concerns, it is essential to understand how dental implants work, why the gums may hurt after the implants are inserted, and what steps to take if they do hurt.


How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots.

The process begins with a thorough evaluation by a qualified dental professional. An implant requires a strong anchor and so the bone density and strength will be evaluated. In the case of weak or insufficient bone structure then bone grafts or other techniques can normally resolve the issue. In this case, there can be a wait of several months in order for the bone reinforcement to take hold.

Now, with an adequate foundation in the jawbone, it is time to place the implant.

The implant placement involves making an incision in the gums and drilling a small hole into the jawbone to secure the implant. Then placing the dental implant anchor into this hole. One could think of this as similar to inserting a plastic anchor into the wall and then having a secure place to put a screw for the purpose of attaching something.

Now, time for another wait. One has to allow time for the dental implant to fuse, or join up with, the bone. This process is called “osseointegration” (osseo comes from a Greek word meaning bone).

Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, it now has a stable and secure foundation. Time to finish the job and complete the restoration of the missing tooth or teeth by attaching a dental crown or bridge.


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Does a Tooth Implant Hurt?

Getting a tooth implant is generally a painless procedure, thanks to modern advancements in the use of local anesthesia to numb the area. To best ensure a comfortable experience it is always best to communicate beforehand with your dentist or oral surgeon. Good communication with your health professional is critical to reducing anxiety about this procedure.

While some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness during the healing process, it is generally an easy recovery process. In most all cases, any initial discomfort can be managed with most over the counter pain relievers.


Potential complications from surgery

Dental implant surgery is a very well-established procedure. It considered quite safe but as with any surgical procedure, there is always a chance for a complication.

The most common complication after dental implant surgery is peri-implantitis (peri- is from the Greek word meaning “around” so this word means “around the implant”).

Peri-implantitis is a condition which occurs when the soft tissue around a dental implant becomes infected and begins to break down. Peri-implantitis can result in gum recession, swelling, tissue damage, and even the loss of bone. This condition can result in gum pain.

Should any persistent pain or inflammation occur after a dental implant procedure it is important that you contact your dentist right away.


How long do gums hurt after implants?

The duration of gum discomfort following dental implant surgery varies from person to person. In general, most individuals experience soreness and discomfort for a few days up to a week.

However, it is important to note that every individual's healing process is unique, and some people may experience discomfort for a slightly longer period.

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What Should I Do if My Dental Implant Hurts?

If you experience pain after dental implant surgery, it is best to consult your dentist. Your dentist will be able to examine the situation and may request imaging tests, such as X-rays or computed tomography (CT) scans, for the appropriate treatment.





Is pain normal after surgery?

Yes, some pain after dental implant surgery is normal, but it will subside gradually. Generally, this pain should be on the level of discomfort. Any severe pain should be reported to your dentist.


How do I know if my dental implant is healing correctly?

Signs of a correctly healing dental implant include minimal pain, proper gum healing, and stable implant integration. A properly healed and integrated dental implant will feel just like your normal teeth and would not draw attention such as pain or discomfort. 


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