Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists in Dental Implants
The Risks of Dental Implants
Posted on 1/24/2022 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Millions of people in America receive dental implants to replace missing teeth or anchor an entire set of dentures. A dental implant procedure involves implanting titanium screws in the jawbone that serve as posts for holding the false teeth. Sometimes, before the procedure, you may need bone grafts and pulling of teeth. Although the American Dental Association says that most implant surgeries are successful, the ones that are not successful may need another complex and costly procedure of removing the implants. Our oral surgery specialists do their best to reduce any complications that may arise after dental implantation.
Potential Implants Risks
There may be a risk of having the implants not properly fuse with the bone. For implants to secure firmly in place, they need to bond with the bone, a process known as osseointegration. An implant may fail to take to the bone for various reasons, including insufficient bone density, teeth grinding, pre-existing conditions such as diabetes that impairs the bonding process, and other causes such as trauma. We evaluate your overall health and bone structure to see that you are fit for implant placement.
A form of gum disease referred to as peri-implantitis can affect the success of dental implants. Chances of having peri-implantitis are reduced if you stop smoking, maintain good oral hygiene, and live a healthy lifestyle. This infection spreads deeper within the gum tissues surrounding the implants because the implants do not have gum attachments as those found in real teeth. These attachments supply a form of collagen barrier that helps slow down the spread of gum infection. Without timely treatment, peri-implantitis can easily infect the bone supporting the implants, weakening the bone's connection with the implants.
How We Reduce Potential Implant Risks
Our team utilizes established dental procedures combined with hands-on experience to help mitigate the risks of dental implants. During our consultation session, our oral surgeon takes your medical history, performs X-rays, and does a thorough medical exam. These pre-surgery examinations and evaluation steps help minimize any dental implants complications. We are able to get an idea of how your treatment is going to work, thereby making detailed pre-operative plans. Find out more about dental implants and the risk involved by visiting our dental office.