Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Dental Implants

Like all surgical procedures, dental implant surgery has certain benefits and risks. However, long-term side effects are unlikely. This is especially true when you receive treatment from an experienced practitioner, like Dr. Joe McIntyreDr. Dan Whiting, or Dr. Kelsey Rockey. We can help you fully understand the benefits and risks of dental implants during a consultation at our Bridgewater, VA, office. At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we offer highly personalized care, and we use the latest treatment techniques. In this way, we can minimize your risk and ensure that you enjoy the many benefits of dental implants, including durability, stability, and preserved jawbone health.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implant embedded in model of jaw

Functional Benefits

Dental implants actually mimic the function of your tooth roots. Because of this effect, they have a number of important benefits that no other type of restoration can provide. First, with implants, your crown, bridge, or denture will never slip out of place. In turn, you will enjoy completely restored oral function, and you will not face any dietary restrictions. Your speech will also be clear and precise, and you will not have to worry that your prosthetic will move around in your mouth.

Health-related Benefits

Implants have another unparalleled benefit: they are the only type of restoration that can prevent jawbone recession. Healthy dental roots send regenerative signals to your jaw. When you are missing teeth, your jaw no longer receives this stimulation, and the bone will start to recede. In turn, you could experience further tooth loss, and the shape of your face could change dramatically. Because implants replace your dental roots, they will also send out the same restorative signals, protecting your overall dental health and preserving your facial structure.

Dental implants will actually replace your tooth roots. Because of this, they have a number of important benefits that no other type of restoration can provide.

Cosmetic Benefits

In addition to their many practical benefits, dental implants can also have important advantages for your appearance. Implant-supported restorations rest snugly against your gums just like natural teeth, so they will blend seamlessly with your smile. In contrast, a removable denture will need a plastic base and denture adhesive to stay in place. Though modern dentures are more realistic than ever before, only an implant-supported restoration will provide this high level of aesthetics.

Risks of Dental Implants

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Complications following dental implant surgery can include:

  • Implant failure
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to the sinus passages

Fortunately, these risks are quite rare. In fact, over the last two decades, implants have had an astonishing 95 percent success rate. To further ensure your safety, it is important to choose an experienced implant dentist. Drs. McIntyre and Whiting have been placing implants for many years. They will use advanced imaging to position the posts very precisely, and they will carefully determine your candidacy for treatment. With their skill and precision, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful, functional smile that will last for years to come.

Find Out if Implants are Right for You

Implants have a remarkably high success rate, and with the guidance of a skilled dentist, long-term complications are rare. To learn more about whether implants are right for you and to schedule your consultation, contact Smiles for Life today.