Understanding the Risks of Dental Implants Surgery By Dr. Dan Whiting on February 10, 2016

An older man smilingThe team at Smiles For Life is proud to serve people in and around Bridgewater. We offer a whole host of treatments to address different dental problems and meet the diverse needs of patients. This includes implant dentistry, a great option for people missing teeth.

While these surgically placed tooth roots are highly effective, they are not without risk. Let's consider the risks of implant dentistry right now so you can have realistic expectations about this excellent restorative procedure.

All Surgeries Carry Some Degree of Risk

It's important that any patients who decide to get dental implants be made aware of the risks that may be involved. By being aware of the potential risks, patients are able to make well-informed and confident decisions about their dental health and their overall wellness.

During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over the risks and benefits of undergoing implant dentistry, addressing concerns as they arise. Below are just some of the basic risks to consider.

Potential of Infection

Infection is a potential risk of any surgery, and it's important to keep in mind given the presence of oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. Thankfully infection risk is quite low given modern surgical techniques and approaches.

Harm to Structures Around the Dental Implants

Some oral surgeries may cause harm to nerves and other tissues around the jawbone and gums, which can affect sensation and lead to other problems with overall dental wellness. Great care is taken in the planning of surgery and how it is performed, so these are rare risks.

Issues with Sutures and Blood Clots

Sometimes as a patient is healing after oral surgery, he or she may have issues with bleeding that occur as a result of complications related to poor blood clotting or bad sutures.

Sinus Problems

When dental implant are placed on the upper dental arch, there is the chance that the implant can affect the sinuses. Thankfully such sinus issues are rare when it comes to getting dental implants.

Failure for Osseointegration to Occur

During implant dentistry treatment, a process known as osseointegration has to occur. This is the fusion of the dental implant with the jawbone and gum tissue, essentially making the dental implant function just as a natural tooth root would. In some cases, patients may experience complications with healing that prevent osseointegration from occurring, meaning longer healing times or poor implant stability.

Dental Implant Failure

When a patient's body rejects a dental implant, the implant refuses to fuse with the living tissues of the mouth, or the implant is unable to support a dental appliance, this is known as dental implant failure.

How Oral Surgeons Reduce Chances of Serious Infection

Thanks to modern approaches to surgery and surgical planning as well as the latest in dental care technology, oral surgeons have been able to make oral surgery of all kinds much safer today than it was in the past. Follow-up visits with the oral surgeon also help monitor healing and address any potential issues with the treatment process.

What Patients Can Do to Prevent Complications

The best thing that patients can do to prevent complications as they heal is to follow their pre-op and post-op instructions to the letter. This puts patients in the best possible condition to heal free from serious side effects and potential complications.

Contact Smiles For Life

To learn more about dental implants and how they can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at Smiles For Life looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best choices with regard to your dental health and wellness.

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