Dental implants are the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Unlike the alternative (a dental bridge), a dental implant maintains the integrity of neighboring teeth and is considered to be a long-term tooth replacement.
As with many medical and dental procedures, there are some risks associated with the placement of a dental implant. Selecting a board-certified oral surgeon for your dental implant procedure is the first step to ensuring a successful outcome. Being aware of the risks associated with dental implants will prepare you for what may occur in unlikely circumstances:
- Infection at the implant site which may lead to implant rejection
- Damage to the nerves in and around the implant site that could lead to pain or numbness
- Dental implant failure due to inadequate bone
- Damage to sinus cavity due to improper placement
To avoid some of the risks associated with dental implants, it is recommended that you:
- Choose a qualified and trained oral surgeon who will work cooperatively with your general dentist for a complete and successful restoration.
- Inform your oral surgeon and dentist about all medical conditions and medications that you take so that a proper treatment plan can be designed specifically for you.
- Take good care of yourself. Eat healthy food, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep.
- Quit smoking! Smoking is directly related to implant failure because of the greater incidence of peri-implantitis and bone loss after implant placement.
By choosing a board-certified oral surgeon to perform your dental implant procedure, you will be in good hands and may possibly reduce the risks associated with this surgery. Our board-certified surgeons will assess any unique risks before the process begins and make small adjustments along the way to prevent infections and other complications from gaining ground while you recover.