Why Dental Implants Hurt

Dental implants are generally safe. A study of 300 participants showed only 4 to 10 percent had post-procedure infections. However, if you’re experiencing persistent throbbing pain that lasts for more than a few days, it may be time to seek help. 

Here are some reasons why dental implants may be causing you pain:

Incision Line Opening

This happens when the incision that holds the implanted metal post reopens after surgery. It’s a common situation. You may only have to rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine a few times daily. Your surgeon may also prescribe you antibiotics to avoid infections.

Improperly-Fitted Implant

Sometimes, doctors may not be able to hit the mark to fit your tooth implant properly. Pain and discomfort could also mean an improperly fitted dental implant. You may need to have it removed or reattached.


When bacteria enter the implant incision, you could get an infection. It presents as pus with increasing pain and swelling. It starts as a simple inflammation in the gums but may lead to bone loss if left untreated. 

You may need to call your doctor when you feel pain with other post-surgical symptoms like fever, nausea, excessive bleeding, and if the swelling gets worse.

Dental Implant Pain Years After Surgery

When dental implants hurt several years after surgery, it could be due to one of two reasons: implant failure or peri-implant diseases. Try pressing or tapping your implant site. If it hurts, that could be a sign of implant failure. 

Peri-implant Diseases

Perimplant diseases are caused by the development of bacteria on the implant surface. This affects the soft tissues and can be treated if it only affects the soft tissues. If it goes deeper to the bone, you may need reconstructive surgery.  Insurance doesn’t usually cover dental cosmetic procedures, but they may provide dental treatment due to accidents.

Seek Immediate Help 

Persistent throbbing pain that lasts for more than a few days could mean a complication with your dental implant. Generally, tooth implants won’t hurt, but pain that doesn’t go away is telling you it’s time to see your dentist.

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