At Rice Dentistry, we are always looking for ways to improve our patients’ experience and results. That’s why we’re interested when we find new studies showing ways to reduce discomfort and improve people’s experience with their dental implant procedures.
New research shows that people might have less discomfort after their procedure if they take an NSAID (a class of medication that includes ibuprofen and aspirin) before surgery. Since we find that taking ibuprofen before an appointment helps our patients, this seems like the type of treatment that might benefit our patients.
A Study of 100 Dental Implant Patients
For this study, a dentist in Spain randomized a group of 100 consecutive dental implant patients to receive either a prescription NSAID (one that’s not currently available in the US) or a dose of vitamin C 15 minutes before surgery.
All patients received local anesthesia for their implant surgery. Then patients were asked to rate their discomfort immediately following surgery. Those who got the NSAID before their surgery reported significantly less discomfort immediately following surgery. After that, the discomfort wasn’t significantly different between the groups.
Would This Affect Implant Healing?
Of course, this does raise other questions, such as whether the use of NSAIDs as part of the surgery process could increase the risk of implant failure. Certainly, there is some evidence suggesting that NSAIDs can have this impact. In this study, NSAIDs didn’t just reduce discomfort, they reduced inflammation, which is an important part of the healing process.
But because people often use NSAIDs for pain relief after surgery, the use of it before surgery might actually reduce people’s overall intake of NSAIDs.
This is something that is unresolved. More studies of this technique will have to be done before it becomes something that we would add to our standard procedure.
Dedicated to Your Comfort
At Rice Dentistry, we are dedicated to our patients’ comfort, before, during, and after surgery. We employ the latest proven techniques to ensure you get the best results from your procedure and have the best experience from your procedure. We pay attention to the science as it happens and carefully consider the outcomes before deciding whether this new research means we should alter our procedures.
During your consultation, we can talk about the steps we will take for your comfort. Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with an Orange County implant dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.