Are Dental Implants Safe?

Getting dental implants is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are risks. Dentists have been installing dental implants for some time now, and the technology has advanced quite a bit. Implants are now very sophisticated devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Mark Sowell of Sowell Sensational Smiles in Plano TX. As of right now, dental implants are one of the strongest and most reliable ways to replace missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are durable and will usually last a lifetime, often with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are rooted into the jawbone using a screw, implants stay secured while preventing bone loss.

Risks Of Dental Implants

Just like with any other surgery, there are possible complications that could occur. However, problems with a dental implant are rare and usually minor and easily repaired. Risks include:

  • Infection of the site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Material of replacement tooth and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)

Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Mark Sowell means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of issues.

Some patients may have suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary. This procedure involves harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. This will allow the jawbone to be stable enough to one day support implants. As these are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%. This rate varies depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.

However, when working with a dentist experienced in the installation of implants like Dr. Mark Sowell, they are inherently safe. Titanium implants- which are the industry standard- can last 20 to 30 years. Zirconia is a newer material used in implants.  They haven’t been used as long so the dental community is as yet unsure how long they will last but they are believed to have a quicker recovery time and less chance of an allergic reaction or a rejection.

Are Implants Right For Me?

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may the dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Plano TX area, please call (972) 382-6855 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Sowell to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!