If you have one or more teeth that are missing, a dental implant is one of the best options there is for replacing the missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants look and feel more realistic than other options which is why more and more people are opting for them. If you have a missing tooth and are considering dental implants, you may find yourself wondering if dental implants are safe. Here is some information that you need to know.
A dental implant consists of two parts. The first part is a post made titanium which is implanted through the gums into the jaw bone. The jaw bone then heals around the post, holding it securely in place. Once the post has healed, a false tooth, also known as a crown, can be adhered to the post. Dental implants are safe in most patients and when properly placed and managed, they have a 98 percent success rate. Also, dental implants are made from titanium, a type of metal that is biocompatible with humans ensuring there is not a risk of negative side effects.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Dental Implants?
There are some risks associated with dental implants. One of the biggest risks associated with dental implants has to do with anesthesia. Oral surgeons will typically put a patient to sleep for this procedure with general anesthesia. General anesthesia carries risks which will be discussed extensively with a patient. The administration of IV anesthesia should be by an oral surgeon who has extensive training and experience with anesthesia. An additional risk associated with dental implants is for infection. However, selecting a reputable, board-certified oral surgeon and following post-op care instructions can significantly decrease the incidence of complications.
What Can Be Done to Increase Safety When Having Dental Implants Placed?
While dental implants are safe, there are steps that you can take to help increase your safety and reduce your risks when having dental implants placed. One of the things that you should do is have your dental implants placed by an oral surgeon, instead of a regular dentist. An oral surgeon, or an OMS, has more knowledge about the mouth and jaw region as he/she has completed an additional four to six years of education which includes hospital-based training in the administration of IV anesthesia.
Dental implants are a safe and successful option for replacing missing teeth. Here at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, serving patients in Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Conroe and Huntsville, we look forward to consultations with patients who are thinking about dental implants to determine if dental implants are the best option to meet tooth replacement needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants.