Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are many dentists’ go-to procedure for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal, screw like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. This surgery is a great alternative to dentures and can offer an option when a lack of natural teeth roots don’t allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements. It’s popularity has impacted the growth of common questions around dental implants, including “Are dental implants safe?”
What are the risks of dental implants?
Like any type of surgery, there are a few risks to getting dental implants. However, the problems that come with dental implant surgery are rare and typically minor and very treatable. Risks include:
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Infection at the implant site
What are the advantages of using dental implants.
Dental implants are one of the most reliable dental procedures with a 95% success. They offer advantages that other missing teeth solutions do not, such as:
- Appearance – Implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
- Speech – No need to worry about slipping dentures or loose bridges that can cause slurred speech.
- Comfort – Implants are permanent and stable, so no chaffing or discomfort will happen like with dentures.
- Oral health – Implant placement does not require modifying surrounding teeth as a bridge does. Also, implants stop bone deterioration and stimulate healthy bone tissue growth.
What is the procedure for getting Dental Implants?
- You will have a thorough exam and consultation with the dentist to prepare an individualized treatment plan.
- The dental team will place your implant, which acts as a substitute tooth root.
- Healing and recover for 2-3 months to allow the tooth to integrate with bone tissue.
- An abutment (small connector) is attached to the implant.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken to create either a custom crown to replace one tooth or an implant-supported bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth. Crown restorations are custom tinted, so they blend in beautifully with your natural teeth.
- The finished crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant(s).
Once you get the finished implant, your new teeth are ready to use! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at 832-762-3644.. We want your implants to look and feel like real teeth and you smile looking its best! If you’re interested in exploring Dental Implants for yourself, check out our Dental Implant Eligibility form.