The procedure to surgically place a single dental implant is most commonly performed with local anesthesia (freezing), and can be done entirely painlessly. Post-operatively, patients often report that they experienced less pain from having an implant placed than from having a tooth extracted. After anesthesia wears off it is reasonable to expect some discomfort that can be easily moderated with simple analgesics. The level of post-operative discomfort can be quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems.

Generally speaking, having a single implant placed is not considered to be a serious surgery, however having multiple implants placed in the same session is likely to be somewhat more problematic.  Also, when more extensive surgery is done, it is reasonable to expect increasing degrees of pain or discomfort as well as some swelling and bruising that may last for several days. Again, these conditions are usually successfully managed by the use of more potent analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents.