Is Dental Implant Surgery Safe?

Is Dental Implant Surgery Safe?The placement of dental implants is a surgery and that comes with inherent risks. Dentists have been installing dental implants for several decades now, and the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. The implants of today are very sophisticated prosthetics designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Mark Sowell of Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX. Learn why dental implants are widely regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable methods of replacing missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants restore your smile by replacing missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are durable — their roots are a titanium screw — and can last a lifetime with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are embedded into the jawbone tissue using a screw, implants stay secured while stimulating new bone growth, preventing bone loss.

Risks Of Dental Implants

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, possible complications that could occur although problems with a dental implant are rare, usually minor and easily repaired.  Risks include:

  • Infection of the surgical site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Potential allergy to material of implant

Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Mark Sowell means that the risks of your procedure are greatly reduced.

Some potential implant recipients may have suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. Bone graft surgeries may be necessary for these patients. These additional surgeries involve harvesting healthy bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the patient’s jaw at the site where the tooth is missing. Here, it will eventually fuse to the existing bone, strengthening the jaw enough to support the implant. As these are additional surgeries they come with their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation time.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

Today’s dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%, meaning only 5% of patients had issues or were dissatisfied with the implant. Although this rate varies depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors, it shows that dental implants are a very effective way to restore your smile. Titanium implants- which are the industry standard- can last up to 20 years or longer. While other materials like zirconia cost more but last longer.

Dental Implants in Plano, TX

If you are missing teeth or have damaged teeth that most likely 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. Sowell of Sensational Smiles to see if dental implants can help restore your smile!