Post 34 – All You Need to Know about Dental Implants

All You Need to Know about Dental Implants in Royal Palm Beach

It is not uncommon to hear patients worry about dental implant procedures, many of which surround one common question: “Are dental implant surgeries painful?” Many patients often feel nervous when considering dental implants. Some worry about the actual procedure and some worry about the post-op pain. So we hope to answer some of the most common questions below.


What is a dental implant and how does it actually work?                                     

Dental implants are an effective way to replace a missing tooth. These are made of titanium and resemble the shape of a wide screw. Once it is placed in the jaw bone, it will act as an anchorage to attach many forms of dental appliances; such as a crown, partials, or even dentures.


Are dental implants painful?

In most cases, the procedure usually takes less than an hour. The implant is very gently turned into the bone of the jaw until it is fully submerged. Believe it or not, extracting a tooth is by far more traumatizing to the tissue than placing an implant. Many patients are surprised how easy it was to get an implant. The fear may have come from believing that it resembles that of a tooth extraction. But it is quite the opposite. There is no pulling and pushing involved. Post-operation pain varies for each individual but most people just feel slight soreness.


Are there any risks associated with dental implants?

As with any surgery there are always risks placing implants, most of which could be avoided if the procedure has been properly evaluated and treatment planned for each individual. Today, a 3D X-ray scan is utilized to properly evaluate the placement of the implant which further lowers the risks.

Are there different types of dental implants?

There are well over 100 different types of implants out there. As a rule of thumb, the fee you pay plays a role in what brand implant you will receive because the cost varies greatly from one manufacturer to another. The more expensive brands have a much longer track record since extensive research to study the long term effect of the implant shape has been conducted. In addition, brand name implant companies are less likely to go out of business. After all, at some point your implant will need new parts and you would not want to have an implant for which you no longer could purchase the parts. Imagine if you bought an imported car from Europe or Asia for which there are no dealers in the US. How are you going to service the car and buy parts?!  It is not uncommon to see patients who placed implants in other countries, such as South America, and then find out those could not be restored at their US dentist. So make sure you get an implant for which parts can be purchased in the unforeseen future.

As always, should you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact us at Lakeview Dental LLC at 561-898-1010.