How Safe Are Dental Implants?

Posted by Dr. Michael Choi on Feb 18 2019, 07:49 AM

Dental implants have become quite the popular replacement option for missing teeth. A dental implant is comprised of titanium. It is embedded within the jawbone during a surgical procedure. The dental implant functions as the anchor for a fake but realistic-looking tooth. Once the implant is integrated into the bone, the tooth built to match the natural teeth is connected. This process is referred to as osseointegration. It can take upwards of nine months for osseointegration to occur. Though this procedure might sound a bit complex and uncomfortable, the truth is it is completely safe. As long as you have a strong jawbone, dental implants can be connected without a problem. However, there are a few risks to this procedure as outlined below.

The Safety of Dental Implants

Though rare, it is possible for a patient to develop an infection at the site of the dental implant. It is also possible for nerve damage to occur that causes pain and numbness. Additional risks include possible injury to the teeth, the sinuses and the blood vessels in the event that the implant obtrudes to them. However, these occurrences are few and far between. Most patients enjoy dental implants that cause absolutely no problem whatsoever.

Implanting a Foreign Object in the Body

For some patients, the overarching concern with dental implants is having a foreign object placed in the mouth. It is possible for viruses and bacteria to target dental implants and establish colonies around them to the point that the immune system can't defend the body with the same efficiency it can in other body sites. This fear has spurred some patients to opt for a bridge as opposed to a dental implant.

Placing a foreign object in the mouth has even more potential to cause issues if the patient is unhealthy or has endured a serious illness. As an example, a patient who has a series of symptoms that require the use of medication or a serious illness such as cancer should recognize the risk of placing of a foreign object like a dental implant in the mouth.

Patient Habits Matter

It is possible for dental implants to fracture just like nearly every other oral health solution. Those who grind their teeth should consider the possibility of their dental implant fracturing before proceeding with this procedure. Even a habit like chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes can have a negative impact on the long-term viability of dental implants. Furthermore, if the patient lacks adequate jawbone or a strong jawbone, it will not be possible to place the dental implants. Ample jawbone of considerable strength is necessary for the dental implants to remain firmly in place at all times.


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