Does severe pain after a dental impant indicate trouble?

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I had a dental implant put in my lower jaw yesterday, to replace a lower 2nd molar. I tooktwo extra strength tylenol right after the procedure. When the numbness wore off, I was in excruciating pain. I have had a lot of dental work, and the pain was worse than my extractions and apicoectomies. I took a tramadol (can't take ibuprofen), but the pain persisted for at least 8 hours. It was bad enough I wanted to go get the implant taken out.
It lessened somewhat overnight, after regular doses of tylenol and tramadol.

Today the pain is still quite uncomfortable, but more wha I would have expected.

My husband just talked to his dad, who had an implant a few months ago. He said he had no pain and that his oral surgeon said severe pain was a sign of failure, or damage to the jaw and to call if he experienced it.

My oral surgeon said it would be easier than the extraction, but it was not.

The office is closed today, due to weather, but should I call in?
 
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No personal experience, and apologies if this scares anyone, but my mum had an implant done a few years ago and was in terrible pain for days afterwards. She said if she had known how awful it would be, she would never have had the procedure. Worse than childbirth, apparently! (And she almost died having me - my dad had to make a choice to save her or the baby if it came to it.)

Hers was ultimately a complete success, and was done by a really well-respected implant specialist. He said she had just been unlucky pain-wise.
 
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Sure why not call? You were told it would be easier and it usually is easier than the preparatory steps. The exception would be if I find conditions that I didn't expect and it required additional grafting or repair.
 
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Sure why not call? You were told it would be easier and it usually is easier than the preparatory steps. The exception would be if I find conditions that I didn't expect and it required additional grafting or repair.

The surgeon said my bone structure looked great, and he took an x ray afterwards so any issues would have shown up, i would think.

I think I will call tomorrow. Apparently the office called to check on me today while I was napping. I have a voicemail. So I will call them back.

It is a lot less painful now, but it hurts to swallow, like it is swollen in my throat.

I am sure everything is fine, but the comment by my father in law, about how severe pain afterwards indicated complications or failure scared me.
 
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No personal experience, and apologies if this scares anyone, but my mum had an implant done a few years ago and was in terrible pain for days afterwards. She said if she had known how awful it would be, she would never have had the procedure. Worse than childbirth, apparently! (And she almost died having me - my dad had to make a choice to save her or the baby if it came to it.)

Hers was ultimately a complete success, and was done by a really well-respected implant specialist. He said she had just been unlucky pain-wise.

This makes me feel better. I actually told my husband the same thing about the pain...it was worse than childbirth. The pain now is more like what I expected.
 
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