Do Dental Implants Have Any Risks?
Dental implants are one of the safest procedures in modern dentistry, with a success rate around 97 percent. The risks involved with dental implants are so minimal that implants are about as risk-free as you can possibly get with a medical procedure.
Dental implants are surgically placed deep into your jawbone during placement surgery. Any surgery has at least some risk of developing an infection, and this also holds true for dental implants. If the dental implant post is inserted too deeply into the bone, there is also the possibility for nerve damage or even the chance that the sinus can be ruptured. The risk of any of these events occurring is fairly minimal, though.
After the implant has been placed, it will actually fuse with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. Since most dental implants are typically made of titanium, there is little chance of your body rejecting the implant. In fact, titanium is one of the most biocompatible metals known to man. It should be noted though, that if you smoke or if you have diabetes, it may take longer for your tissue to heal. As a result, smokers and those with diabetes are at a slightly higher risk of implant failure. Implant failure is also possible if you do not practice proper oral hygiene. While the implants themselves are impervious to decay, the surrounding tissues are still vulnerable to its effects. If enough plaque and tartar is allowed to build up at your gumline and risk your gum tissues, there is a chance your implant can fail in that scenario.
If you are interested in learning if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our dental implants dentist to schedule a consultation.
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