Are Dental Implants Safe?
When you are missing teeth, it is essential that you have them replaced as soon as possible. While you have a few different options available, dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular choices, and one that we offer here at Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery. Dental implants offer several significant benefits over traditional treatments, including ease of care, greater comfort, stability, and the preservation of your jawbone. While they are popular and have a 98% success rate, many patients still have concerns over their safety.
What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing an alternative to bridges and dentures. This treatment uses small posts, typically made from titanium, which are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw, enabling them to provide strong, secure support for the ceramic crowns that replace the visible surfaces of your missing teeth.
The Use of Titanium
Approximately 95% of dental implants placed use titanium alloy posts. Titanium has been used for just over 50 years and has been the subject of extensive research and development. Despite being made from metal, the titanium posts are biocompatible, meaning that the material is accepted by the body and does not cause irritation to your tissues. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts. Once you have fully healed, the posts are stable and secure, and they hold your replacement teeth firmly in place.
Taking Care During Surgery
To get dental implants, you have to undergo a surgical procedure. We are highly experienced when it comes to the placement of dental implants. The procedure itself is safe and predictable. We take every measure to ensure your comfort as well as your safety. Dental implant surgery is performed under a local anesthetic, which ensures that you do not feel any pain or discomfort while we work. If necessary, we can also provide you with sedation, which can help you to relax and remain calm and comfortable. Sedation can be a good option if you are nervous or fearful about undergoing surgery. After your surgery is complete, it is common to experience some pain and swelling. Over the counter pain, relievers and ice packs can generally help alleviate these symptoms. Pain and swelling will subside over time. You will also be provided with a set of aftercare instructions. Following these instructions is important for reducing your risk for complications.
What are the Risks Associated with Implants?
Dental implants are generally safe and effective; there are some risks associated with them. Titanium is the preferred material for implant posts, due to its biocompatibility and its incredible strength. Like other metals, however, there is a slight risk of corrosion. The risk of corrosion is small, but it can shorten the lifespan of your implants or even cause sudden failure. There is also a slight risk that the titanium can react with other metals in your mouth, such as those found in amalgam fillings. Again, this risk is small. Dental implants have many years of research behind them. They are a very safe, highly effective treatment for replacing your missing teeth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710.