Dental patients who consider replacing their missing teeth with dental implants frequently ask one question right away: Will the procedure hurt? This makes sense. No one wants to experience pain during any dental treatment. Patients always become relieved when they hear that receiving dental implants can be a comfortable process when handled by a well-trained periodontist!
It should be no surprise that education and experience make all the difference. The more advanced a periodontist’s background and credentialing, the more insight and ability the periodontist can bring to each case. A confident periodontist knows not just the basics of placing dental implants but how to use advanced protocols and equipment to ensure the patient’s ease.
How Dental Implants Are Implanted
Although a well-respected periodontist will tailor every dental implant procedure, all single dental implant processes follow a similar pattern.
First, the patient receives the appropriate sedation method. Once the patient is sedated, the periodontist uses sterilized dental tools to make space below the gums and in the bone for the implant. Then, the periodontist places the screw-shaped implant into the bone, ensuring a tight fit.
When the implant has been placed, the surgical site is treated to promote healing. In a few months, the implant will be ready to receive the final restoration. (In some cases, dental implants can accept the load of a temporary restoration right away, giving the patient functioning teeth immediately after placement.) From pre-surgery to post-op, the patient’s needs, ease, and health remain top-of-mind. This improves the likelihood of an excellent—and comfortable—outcome.
Modern Methods to Ensure a Pain-Free Dental Implant Surgery
Sedation is not the only way to reduce discomfort! Well trained periodontists make use of 3D technology to speed up placement time, improve placement precision, and make the procedure more minimally invasive – even though it is still surgical. Oral exams augmented by digital scanners and 3D CT scans take only a few minutes but allow a periodontist to gather a wealth of data. The data helps the periodontist bypass nerves during surgery and make better surgical choices. How? It is sent to a lab where a surgical guide is created. The guide is customized to the patient’s mouth and lessens the “human error” factor.
This high degree of precision and planning can be so successful that some patients choose to forgo dental sedation in favor of local numbing agents.
However, for dental patients who still are worried about any potential pain, sedation helps keep a patient from experiencing pain or anxiety during their dental surgery. For those patients, here at Anderson Periodontal Wellness, we carry oral sedative and IV sedative options in house.
Feedback on Painless Dental Implant Surgery From the Patient’s Point of View!
Having a periodontist tell you that receiving dental implants is comfortable is one thing. Hearing it from a patient who has undergone the procedure is another.
We have had the privilege to place dental implants for many patients at Anderson Periodontal Wellness. In the case of Susan, she could only use her front teeth and was having sinus troubles after undergoing dental treatment with a different doctor. She came for a dental implant consultation with periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson because other doctors had told her she had few choices.
After meeting with Susan, Dr. Anderson believed that dental implant surgery was a feasible solution. The key was to regenerate the anatomy Susan had lost. This meant a sinus lift to recreate the missing bone. When the bone was strong again, Dr. Anderson placed Susan’s dental implants to give her a functional bite and beautiful smile.
Susan’s recollection of her comfortable, personalized journey includes nothing but praise: “Because of Dr. Anderson, I have teeth. And I’m forever grateful to her. I would do nothing but recommend anyone I know to her. And I’ll just pass the word that she’s the best in town.”
Learn More About Painless Dental Implant Placement in Bloomfield Hills, MI!
Have you hesitated about talking with a periodontist about your dental concerns due to worries about potential pain during or after dental implant placement surgery? Our team invites you to meet with Dr. Anderson. Contact our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI by calling (248) 480-4910 or filling out an online form. We would be happy to discuss your case and give you the honest feedback you deserve to make the best oral healthcare decision.