My dentist has placed hundreds of dental implants in the past 15 years. I know friends and two family members who received implants from him with no problem. Before doing my implant, my dentist told me that I would need a bone graft first. After healing, he placed the bone graft. But I was in so much pain, he removed it and said the bone was not built up enough, so I could not get an implant. Now my dentist recommends a bridge. I do not want a dental bridge. Although my dentist has placed many implants, I wonder if I should switch to a specialist. Is it worth it, or am I wasting time and money? Thank you. Dylan
Although Dr. Brooksher would need to examine your implant site for an accurate diagnosis, we doubt that a dentist with advanced implant training would have the same problems as your dentist. It sounds like your dentist is trying to give you a solution that he can confidently complete.
How much pain should dental implants cause?
With dental implants, you will not feel pain during surgery. Afterward, most patients feel mild pain and discomfort that is temporary and mild.
- During – Before implant surgery, your dentist will sedate you, and local anesthesia will numb the implant site. You will not feel pain during surgery.
- After – Initial pain after dental implant surgery is normal, but it peaks in a few days and continues to improve. And you will take anti-inflammatory and pain medication to minimize the pain.
But bone grafting can be complex. Although your dentist placed hundreds of implants, bone grafting might be challenging for him—or maybe he doesn’t have much experience with grafting. Unfortunately for you as the patient, a dentist exploring new skills like bone grafting may have difficulty with a case.
On a positive note, your dentist could have left the implant in place and let it develop complications before removing it, so his choice to remove it was wise and considerate.
A dental bridge instead of an implant?
You have decided to get a dental implant—not a dental bridge as your dentist has offered. Although a dental bridge is an acceptable form of tooth replacement, if you want the implant, go for it. We recommend that you schedule a consultation with a dentist with advanced implantology training. You can ask your dentist to transfer copies of your x-rays and CT scans or take copies with you. The potential new dentist will explain your treatment options and how they will complete the bone graft and place the implant.
Best wishes on your next experience with dental implants. Take time to check the implant dentist’s credentials first.
Steven Brooksher, DDS of Baton Rouge, sponsors this post. Dr. Brooksher is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.