Unveiling the Truth: Risks of Dental Implants

Are you considering dental implants to restore your missing teeth? Do you find yourself losing confidence every time you are in a social setting? A dental implant is one of the safest and most effective solutions for missing teeth, but it is critical to understand the potential risks of dental implant procedures.

At The Smile Designer, we prioritise educating patients and being transparent so that our patients can make informed decisions. Even though the implant risks and complications of dental implants are mostly avoidable, it is important that you have complete knowledge about them as well. In this guide, we will help you walk through the possible risks and complications of dental implant procedures, how to avoid them, failure rates, and so on.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

While dental implant failures are quite rare, various factors such as poor bone quality implant misplacement, oral hygiene, and many other reasons factor into implant failure. Most of these failures can be avoided by your dentist’s advice. We employ strategies that help all our patients to minimise the risk of implant failure along with maximising the success rates of the procedure. According to a study, the survival rate of the dental implants over 20 years is 87.67%.

Possible Risks of Dental Implants

As mentioned earlier, dental implants rarely bring any complications or risks; it is important to understand the process and the potential risks and complications of dental implants they carry. These may include:

  • Implant failure:
    The dental implant may not properly fuse with the jawbone, which results in implant failure; these complications can occur due to poor bone quality or improper placement.
  • Peri-implantitis:
    In this case there can be inflammation and infection of gum tissues that are around the implant. This normally happens due to low oral hygiene, which leads to bone loss or implant failure if it is left untreated.
  • Infections:
    while infections are very rare, it can also occur during implant surgeries. At the smile designer we use sterilisation protocols to minimise the risk and provide a thorough and meticulously planned post operative care instructions to help the patients prevent infections by their own.
  • Nerve damage:
    Because the implants are positioned into the jawbone, nearby nerves are at risk of being damaged. There might be no sensation, altered sensation, or tingling sensation if there is nerve damage. We use various advanced imaging technologies to minimise this risk and to make sure that the placement is precise.
  • Periodontal disease:
    if you suffer from any pre-existing gum disease this can hinder the success rate of your implant surgery this can increase the complications of the surgery as well. What team will conduct A thorough assessment of your oral hygiene and of your previous medical histories to understand your needs and to create a plan that well successfully complete the dental implant surgery.

How Can I Minimise the Risks?

  • Pick a qualified and experienced dentist who is an expert in dental implant surgery.
  • Make sure that you have good oral hygiene before and after the procedure to minimise the risk of infections.
  • Stay away from tobacco or alcohol products.
  • Follow the dentist’s post operative instructions and take any prescribed medications and dietary restrictions such as being on a soft food diet.
  • Make sure that you attend regular follow up appointments to understand your healing process and to treat any concerns promptly.

Even though the surgery has little to no risk, there are various benefits of dental implants. To know more about the benefits of dental implants, click here.

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Connect with the expert dental implant surgeons at The Smile Designer Dental Clinic today to get your dream smile together. Other advanced technologies and skilled dentists will walk you through each step of the process so that you are at ease throughout this journey. Book an appointment today.

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