With dentures being the traditional form of tooth replacement, it’s no wonder that some patients are wary of the dental implant procedure. While dentures require very little to no surgery, for dental implants, you have to undergo several. The very nature of this procedure is invasive. When patients hear that a titanium implant will be drilled into their jawbone, you can literally see the fear and doubt in their eyes.
Dental Implants: Safe and Successful
We understand that it sounds scary and painful but dental implants are safe, extremely successful, and are the ideal tooth replacement option. That’s why we’ve taken the time to outline the facts of this procedure to reassure you that they are safe and effective.
- Dental implants have been used in the dental field for more than 30 years.
- Before any drilling or incisions are even made, our team of professionals will create a treatment plan that is specifically designed for your case. Our dentist will perform evaluations, tests, create models and study images of your oral structures before undergoing the procedure.
- Patients who have dental implants say that the pain is minimal. We use anesthesia to control the discomfort. Our staff is trained to administer the anesthesia and to monitor your reaction to it. Patients often say that the pain of the procedure is no more than that of a tooth extraction.
- The implant is made of titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible material. This means that your body will accept this material, making for easy and fast healing times.
- Dental implants have a success rate of 98%
Risks of Dental Implants
Like all dental work, there are some risks associated with receiving dental implants. The procedure is not safe for all patients.
Smokers are not ideal candidates for this procedure because they heal more slowly than non-smokers. This can result in a need to have the implant removed. In fact, in one clinical study of 1,727 patients who received dental implants, researchers divided the group into smokers and non-smokers. Five years after receiving implants, smokers experienced almost twice as many implant failures compare with the non-smokers.
Additionally, people with chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart control should consult with their dentist before undergoing the procedure.
There is also a risk of developing bacteria buildup if you don’t keep up regular brushing and flossing after you get dental implants. Patients who have poor oral hygiene habits after receiving implants can develop mucositis. Mucositis is bacteria build up on the mucus membrane surrounding the implant.
If you don’t treat mucositis it can develop into peri-implantitis. Once the bacteria builds up to a certain point, only a dentist can remove it. Some symptoms of peri-implantitis are:
- Gums bleeding months after the procedure
- Inflammation around the implant site
- Bad breath
- Bad taste
- Implant becoming loose
In most cases, peri-implantitis can be treated with surgery but in some advanced cases, your dentist may need to remove the implant.
In order to avoid risks associated with the surgery, all you need to do is maintain healthy oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to monitor your healing progress. For more information on the dental implant procedure, visit us at Belmont Dental Care or call us at (480) 609-0050.
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