The majority of patients say that there was far less discomfort from the implant placement procedure than there was when they had the tooth or teeth extracted.
Most dental implants are usually inserted under local anaesthesia and the process is generally not at all painful. When the local anaesthesia wears off (usually about three to four hours later), you might expect some mild discomfort. The level of discomfort varies from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems. Usually, only a short course (one or two days) of very mild analgesics (eg, ibuprofen and paracetamol) are needed, if they are needed at all.
Naturally, there are exceptions, and some patients require analgesics for a few days more. Swelling and bruising may also develop, but these usually only follow the more complicated and longer surgical procedures.
Most patients report being surprised at how little discomfort or swelling they experienced.