Getting a dental implant involves a surgical procedure, so there can be some sensitivity as you heal. Having said that, any discomfort or sensitivity should be relatively minor. Your dentist will do their utmost to keep you comfortable during and after the procedure, and this can include administering an anesthetic during the procedure and possibly prescribing pain relief for you to take at home. You might also take additional steps of your own accord, such as applying a soothing cold compress to your jaw. While some noticeable sensitivity is to be expected, what happens when this doesn't seem to subside?

Rare Occurrences

The vast majority of patients will receive dental implants without any complications or more discomfort than is to be expected. And yet, there can be rare occurrences that can increase your discomfort. You certainly don't need to tolerate these sensations, and they can sometimes mean that an adjustment is required to ensure the success of the implant.

Temporary Crowns and Healing Caps

Discomfort after the implant has been fitted but before the prosthetic dental crown has been attached can be due to a number of reasons. If a temporary crown has been added, this might be applying excessive pressure to the site of the implant, causing irritation. If only a healing cap (applied to the site of the implant to keep it clean and assist healing) has been used, discomfort can arise if this cap becomes loose.

Nerves Around the Implant

The problem could be as simple as stimulation of the nerves around the base of the implant. This discomfort can be caused when the implant comes into contact with nerves directly after implantation. Ideally the implant will not need to be repositioned, and the nerves in question will simply adjust to the presence of the implant, meaning that your discomfort will fade in a timely fashion.

Dental Infection

An indeterminate type of discomfort that starts around the site of the dental implant and seemingly spreads could be the sign of a minor infection during the healing process. Antibiotics should be able to clear this up, which can be necessary so as not to jeopardise the success of the implant.  

If you should be concerned about any increases to sensitivity or discomfort after receiving a dental implant, don't hesitate to contact your dentist. Any issues need to be examined as soon as possible to ensure that the implant is successful, as well as to preserve your ongoing dental health. To learn more about dental implants, contact a company like Emergency Denture Repairs.