Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are arguably one of the most popular and highly sought-after dentistry solutions to arise during the last ​​​​​​​half century. Designed to replace teeth that have been extracted or fallen out due to serious decay and/or damage, dental implants have a revolutionary new design that eliminates many of the disadvantages cited by wearers of conventional tooth loss solutions. These include dental bridges and dentures.

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Dental implants are arguably one of the most popular and highly sought-after dentistry solutions to arise during the last half century. Designed to replace teeth that have been extracted or fallen out due to serious decay and/or damage, dental implants have a revolutionary new design that eliminates many of the disadvantages cited by wearers of conventional tooth loss solutions. These include dental bridges and dentures.

How do dental implants work?

The design of dental implants is very simple and effective. A titanium post is inserted into the patient’s jaw bone, directly below where the missing tooth would normally sit. This is done by drilling into the bone via the soft tissue of the gum using an ultra-fine drill. Since bone can heal, the disrupted bone will actually heal around the titanium post, anchoring it permanently and securely in place.


The post is fairly long and protrudes out of the top of the gums slightly. This is so that the visible part of the dental implant, in most cases a porcelain crown, can be attached to the post. This is done using a special connector called an abutment. Each crown is custom designed so that it fits perfectly in the gap left by your missing tooth, and is in keeping with the shape, size, color and general appearance of your other teeth. This helps to make dental implants also one of the most discreet types of dental restoration currently available.


The invasiveness of the procedure needed to place dental implants often leads many patients to wonder about the safety of this very popular solution for missing teeth.

So, are dental implants safe?

Provided that your dental implant surgery is provided by a qualified and experienced professional, you will be very unlikely to experience any problems or complications that would make your surgery unsafe. Unfortunately, there has been a glut of dentists offering dental implant surgery during the last decade – largely a response to the desirability of the procedure. However, not all dental implant surgeons are created equal and just because a professional states that they can offer the procedure doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the most reliable and conscientious person to do so.


Finding a dental implant surgeon

We strongly recommend that you spend a great deal of time checking out prospective surgeons before you commit to the procedure. Ask about where they did their training, what experience they have accumulated so far, and what their philosophy is on ongoing training and education. You should also find out how many dental implant procedures they carry out each week or month – the higher the number of procedures undertaken, the greater the knowledge and experience your chosen surgeon will have. This should help to minimize the risks associated with your dental implant surgery.


Titanium implant posts should not be rejected by your body

One of the main reasons that dental implants are so successful is because the part of the solution that is placed inside your body is made from titanium. This is a bio-compatible material, meaning that it is extremely unlikely to cause any sort of reaction or be rejected from your jaw. Provided your implant is placed properly in the correct location, and your jaw bone is healthy, the success rate of your surgery should be around 98%.

Risks associated with dental implants

As with all medical procedures, there are some risks associated with dental implants. If you have chosen a competent and experienced surgeon, these will be minimal, but your professional has an obligation to make you aware of them regardless.


Some of the risks and complications that have been linked to dental implant procedures include:

- Perforation of a nearby anatomical structure, such as the maxillary sinus or lingual plate.

- Infection

- Nerve damage

- Tissue necrosis

- Receding gums

- Excessive bleeding

- Reaction to the anesthetic used


Most patients agree that these risks are minimal and the benefits of dental implants, which are the most successful of any surgically-implanted device today, far outweigh the slight risks associated with the procedure.



If you would like to learn more about dental implants, if you have further questions relating to the safety of the surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our highly experienced and committed dental team, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.

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