Pain After Dental Implant Surgery?


Ali asks:

I had an implant placed 4 days ago and have had constant severe throbbing pain since the procedure. My doctor prescribed Hydrocodone/APAP 5MG/500MG but it takes 2 pills to make the pain go away and it resurfaces within 4 hours. I've been suffering throughout the workday on X-strenght tylenol which has minimal effect and reserving the hydrocodone for sleeping. At this moment, it's 102 hours post-surgery and the pain level is exactly the same as it was on the first day. At what number of days post-surgery is chronic pain considered rationale for an implant? Should I continue hanging on for a few more days? Is this normal?

Answered by: Dr. Scott Johnson

Des Moines, IA

Hi Ali,

I would recommend you to be seen by your doctor just to be cautious. I find that implant patients typically have very little pain. Nonetheless, peak pain and swelling is usually 24-48 hours post op and then things should slowly subside. A quick visit to you doctor's office will be helpful to evaluate things and rule out infection or other post-op complications.

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Ruthann's picture

Mobile implant

I lost my upper right central due to a bike accident. I've had my implant for a few weeks and have been on 3 rounds of antibiotics, it's still very painful, swollen, and now it's mobile. The tissue is a deep purple around the implant and the latteral is sensitive. Wat do I do now? My fliiper looks rediculous because it hurts if it touches the tissue, so I've had the flipper cut way down to practicly nothing. Please help me, I can't stop crying.

cboudet's picture

Mobile implant

Answered By: Dr. Carlos Boudet - West Palm Beach , FL

Dear Ruthann:
I am very sorry to hear that you are having all this trouble.
If your implant is mobile after a few weeks it is an indication that it will not osseointegrate and will need to be removed.
Please call the doctor that placed the implant so that he or she can see you and advise you as to what you need to do.
Good luck.

Carlos A. Boudet, DDS, DICOI

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