Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are the perfect treatment for permanently replacing any missing or damaged teeth caused by aging, decay or injury. The treatment can dramatically improve your lifestyle by restoring your smile while making it easier to eat and speak as well as recover your dental hygiene to build your overall confidence when showing your teeth. The right type of dental implant can last a lifetime with the right care, serving as an artificial root for a crown that is made to blend with your natural teeth.

The procedure of dental implants has been carried out for many years safely and successfully by many qualified dentists around the world although, lack of knowledge for the treatment can cause worry about the safety of implants and the process of implantation. In most cases, installing a dental implant is far safer than not having one at all. This is due to the risks and hazards those missing teeth can cause such as jawbone deterioration where the tooth once was or distributed pressure on nearby teeth causing them to shift, break or even deteriorate faster.

Who Qualifies For a Dental Implant Procedure?

There is almost no risk of any major complications or problems with a dental implant procedure for the majority of patients in good health with at least a 95% success rate once completed; however, it is important to be sure that you qualify as a candidate by an expert before going ahead with the treatment. For patients with severe dental problems such as periodontal disease, or gum disease, it is important to get it treated properly before going ahead with a dental implant procedure.

Other conditions that could prevent the installation of a dental implant include lack of healthy bone tissue which is used to hold the implant and any preexisting medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that with the help of your dentist, they can address your health to determine whether you may qualify for the procedure and recommend treatments such as bone grafting which allows the growth of bone tissue where it has been inadequate for the installation of an implant.

Unfortunately, there are a few circumstances where you may not qualify for a dental implant treatment such as sensitivity to metals such as copper, lead, nickel or zinc where your dentist may recommend a different solution for replacing your teeth as implants are made up of titanium. Other issues such as metal fillings or smoking can also negatively impact your dental implant where they may cause disruption in your healing phase.

During your initial consultation, we will assess your teeth with an x-ray of your mouth to develop a tailored treatment plan for your needs. During this time, we will talk through any medical conditions you may have to identify potential risks of the procedure and precautions that may need to be carried out to accommodate preexisting conditions you may have.

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Benefits of a Dental Implant

A dental implant is a life changing treatment that can drastically improve the quality of your life in several ways. The permanent resolution to missing or damaged teeth have many benefits including:

Improvement of Your Daily Habits

The dental implant will act as your natural tooth to restore your smile and full chewing power, allowing you to eat your favourite foods easier without the worry of hurting your gums further. Missing or damaged teeth can also cause an impediment in speech where a dental implant can correct this, making it easier to converse with others and boost your overall confidence when speaking, eating, laughing or even smiling in your day-to-day life.

Improved Oral Health and Hygiene

Dental implants are extremely low-maintenance as they only require daily brushing and flossing with regular cleaning and check ups from dentists. As the implant will not affect your other teeth, they can help with reducing the risks of gum disease, giving you healthier oral hygiene practices.

Prevent Bone Loss

Unfortunately, when you have a missing tooth, the jawbone may begin to deteriorate from the first year of losing it due to lack of stimulation in the area, causing loss of volume in the bone. When the missing tooth is replaced, you prevent bone loss from continuing throughout the years by providing the stimulation that is necessary for natural bone growth.

Keeps Your Teeth Stable

A dental implant will replace the gap in your teeth that has been caused by an extraction of the tooth. With an implant, you can be assured that the adjacent teeth will not shift out of place nor have additional strain from poor bite issues which could lead to further pain and even headaches. By filling the gap in your teeth from a lost tooth with a dental implant, your other teeth can remain supported for the rest of your life.

Prevent Facial Changes

With missing teeth, bone loss can occur where your face shape may begin to change as an unwanted side effect. A dental implant will prevent facial sagging from occurring as they will enhance the growth of your bone rather than allowing it to further deteriorate.

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Dental Implant Complications

Dental implants are an extremely safe procedure when placed by an expert dentist however, much like any surgery, complications can occur in some circumstances. Problems following your treatment can include infection, peri-implantitis, osseointegration, micro-movement, protrusion into sinus cavity and nerve damage which will be addressed during your consultation.

We found that the most common complication from a dental implant includes peri-implantitis which is an infection of the gum tissue close to the implant. Peri-implantitis can occur when the implant area has not been cleaned properly during the procedure or when aftercare instructions are not followed correctly. To avoid this, you should have your implant installed by a professional and follow the instructions you have been given for successful healing.

Unfortunately, in some cases, the dental implant may have been installed too close to a nerve in your jaw, causing damage which could potentially become permanent. Before the installation, it is important that your dentist notifies you of the risks following examination of your teeth through an x-ray. Another rare complication that may occur is osseointegration, which is where the implant fails to attach itself to the jawbone causing it to move or even fall out on its own.

There are some signs that could help to identify whether you have a complication from your dental implant including:

  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Inflammation of the gum
  • Increased swelling
  • Loosening of implant
  • Severe discomfort or pain

To prevent such complications occurring following the installation of your dental implant, you should follow the strict aftercare instructions you have been given. Should you notice any of these issues in the early or late stages of your installation, you should contact your dentist immediately where they can effectively address the issue and find a solution that will work best for you.

Overall, dental implants are very safe with an extremely high success rate. Dental Implants provide you with many benefits that can boost your confidence with a restored smile. They will also give you many health benefits such as the prevention of bone loss as well as periodontal or gum disease and better oral hygiene that can last a lifetime.

We recommend following your dentist’s advice during your consultation and following the treatment to avoid any complications from occurring with regular check ups to determine the progression of your implant.

If you are interested in getting dental implants, give us a call today to book a consultation to find out how we can help you!