Do Dental Implants…Gulp!…Hurt?

At KRK Implant Center, we built our practice on improving smiles, preserving health, and maintaining comfort during treatment in San Antonio.


Dental implants are a surgical procedure, and they do make a dramatic improvement to your smile. However, they do not hurt.

Why Doesn’t It Hurt to Have Dental Implants Placed?

Doctor Krueger is an experienced periodontist with advanced training in sedation and anesthesia. Over the years, he has honed his technique for greater efficiency and efficacy. As his patient:


  • You’ll begin with a consultation at our practice in San Antonio. Dental implants are tailored to your individual needs, so Doctor Krueger will take the time to understand your goals, answer your questions, and identify the best approach to your procedure. This also gives you the chance to learn what to expect and to become comfortable with our staff.
  • Before your procedure begins, Doctor Krueger will use a local anesthetic. He will ensure it has taken effect before proceeding. You may feel pressure as he places the implant, but you will not feel any pain.
  • If you are anxious about the experience, KRK Implant Center can offer you more extensive sedation that will make you unaware of the procedure as it occurs. This may be a good choice if you are having multiple dental implants placed.

Many people who have dental implants placed in our practice tell us they didn’t experience pain after their procedure. Most managed any minimal discomfort with over-the-counter medication. KRK Implant Center is also available 24 hours a day so we can support patients who do require additional care.

The Opportunity for San Antonio Dental Implant Patients

For a moment, put aside concerns about how it feels to get dental implants, and consider what it feels like to live with your current oral condition. Maybe it’s broken teeth. It could be a progressive oral disease. Or you might be missing a tooth and feeling self-conscious when you eat, speak, or socialize. You might also not be able to chew food as you would like.


Dental implants are a restoration procedure that returns full function, feel, and aesthetics to your smile. If you are experiencing daily discomfort or unease, you will likely find the implant procedure is very easy.


Whatever your reason for considering dental implants, we encourage you to contact our practice to learn more. Understanding how we work and how we support you in your experience will make your decision a much easier one.


Considering tooth replacement in San Antonio? Dental implants by KRK Implant Center offer a pain-free solution. Call 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.

What Should I Do About Receding Gums?

San Antonio receding gums patients usually seek treatment after they notice that the tissue around their teeth has worn away significantly. The recession may have already exposed the tooth root and created a pocket where bacteria can grow.


At this stage, the condition may have already loosened the teeth and weakened the jawbone. KRK Implant Center doesn’t want the issue to reach this point before patients respond. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs and take action early.

Consider the Causes of Receding Gums

You can prevent receding gums by avoiding certain behaviors or recognizing specific causes. The most common include:

  • Improper oral care and periodontal disease;
  • Genetic predisposition;
  • Overly-aggressive toothbrushing;
  • Tobacco use; and
  • Tooth grinding.

Essentially, any ongoing irritation of the gums and teeth can make your gums recede. If you meet any of these criteria, be especially vigilant about changes in your mouth.

How San Antonio Receding Gums Patients Can Fight the Condition

Understanding the causes should give you some insight into preventing or resolving the condition.


First, make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth correctly. This means using proper technique so you don’t irritate the gums, and cleaning your mouth regularly, as recommended by your dentist.


Speaking of dentists, be certain you are seeing your general practitioner on a regular basis. He or she will be able to recognize the early signs of gum recession and can often advise you on handling the condition.


If you know that your parents dealt with receding gums at some point, you may be more susceptible to oral health problems. The same is true if you smoke or chew tobacco, or if you grind your teeth. In any of these cases, take note if your teeth appear longer than normal or if your gums seem to be moving away from the teeth.

Treatment for Receding Gums

KRK Implant Center can treat mild gum recession with a deep cleaning, which involves tooth scaling and root planing. Essentially, it’s a treatment that targets the build-up of plaque and tartar under and above the gum line. Doctor Krueger uses a local anesthetic to allow you to be more comfortable during the process.


After your deep cleaning, Doctor Krueger will evaluate your progress and advise you whether you require further treatment. Most patients respond very well to deep cleaning, but there are additional procedures we offer to address the most serious cases, including gum surgery and other treatment that can repair damage to teeth and bone.


Learn more about the care KRK Implant Center offers in San Antonio. Patients with receding can contact us at 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.