With a success rate of up to 98%, dental implants are quickly becoming the tooth replacement option of choice for many people. Not only do they replace missing tooth roots and prevent further bone loss, but implants do not cause damage to the surrounding teeth either.
At Digital Dental Surgery Sydney, our experienced dentists will give you a thorough evaluation and assessment, to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
So, are dental implants safe?
In order to qualify for the implants procedure, your dentist will require you to meet certain eligibility criteria. If there are any signs that your body might reject the implant, your dentist is not likely to perform the surgery. We have been performing implant surgeries for more than 50 years now and have really improved on the procedure to the extent that complications are minor and easily handled.
Factors that could render you ineligible for dental implants include chronic conditions like diabetes, degenerative bone diseases, heavy smoking, and gum disease.
If you have any sensitivities to metals like iron, nickel, copper, lead or zinc, you probably won’t be considered as a candidate.
What Makes You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
In order for you to qualify for implant surgery, you will need
- Healthy gums and good bone density
- A mouth that is free of cavities
- To be a non-smoker
What Risk Factors Should You Be Aware Of?
An implant is not considered successful until it has fused fully with your jawbone and for most people, this can take a number of months to complete. The surgery is usually completed in different stages, in order to give your jaw adequate time to heal, so it is important that each stage is completed successfully.
There is a small chance that an infection could develop at the implant site. It is especially important that the site has healed completely if you have had the tooth extracted before placing an implant.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants do require surgery, so the potential risks associated with a surgery do come into play. If you have experienced any problems with anaesthetic in the past, you should discuss this with your dentist.
Most modern implants are cast from a titanium alloy, that is well received by most people and considered a bio-compatible material.
If you are going to consider the long-term health of your mouth, it is worth remembering that implants replace the tooth at the root. This means there is less likelihood of other teeth drifting around your mouth and loosening. Typically, this is what can happen if you opt for a bridge or denture. The solution itself may compromise the remaining teeth in your mouth, or the teeth surrounding the site of the missing tooth.
They also prevent further bone loss from taking place, as the force the roots exert on your jaw actually stimulate the tissue, rather than letting it deteriorate.
Long term, dental implants are also easier to clean than dentures and bridges. While it is important that you follow your dentist’s requests for follow up appointments, and follow a rigorous brushing and flossing routine, implants require no more special care than your natural teeth.