How Safe Are Dental Implants?

Fix broken teeth in Dallas TX with Dr. Mark SowellThe process of having dental implants installed is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are inherent risks. However, dentists have been placing implants for some time now, and the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since its’ inception. Implants are now very sophisticated devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Mark Sowell of Sensational Smiles in Plano TX. As of right now, dental implants are one of the most reliable and longest lasting ways of replacing missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants fill in the gaps left by missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are durable and can last a lifetime with only minimal adjustments or sometimes none at all. Because they are rooted into the jawbone using a screw, implants stay secured and bond to to the jawbone preventing loss of bone tissue.

Risks Of Dental Implants

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

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

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

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

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

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

However, when working with an experienced dentist like Dr. Mark Sowell (over 25 years in practice!), they are inherently safer. Titanium implants- which are currently the industry standard- can last up to 20 years or longer with proper oral hygiene. Other materials like zirconia cost more but may last longer.

Dental Implants in Plano, TX

If you have lost teeth or have damaged teeth that my need to be removed, implants may the tooth 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. Sowell to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!