Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are a safe, permanent tooth replacement procedure. In fact, tooth implants have a very high success rate. If you are at high risk for surgery, your Springfield IL dentist will go through any potential complications. Any allergies to metals like copper, zinc, lead, iron, or nickel will not be an eligible candidate for dental implants. Good candidates for tooth implants have healthy gums and enough bone density to support the dental implant. Patients with gum disease or decay must first be treated before going through with dental implants.
Dental implants are considered a great alternative to dentures or bridgework since they don't slip or cause bone damage. As with any invasive surgery, dental implant surgery can have some health risks. Although rare, these risks can be easily treated if they do occur. Risks include:
- Infection around the implant
- Injury or damage to surrounding teeth
- Nerve damage to your teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus issues
The entire process can take up to six months, most of that time is dedicated to healing and allowing the implant to anchor to the jawbone. Pain medication or antibiotics might be necessary after the dental implant procedure. Any pain or swelling that does not go away should be looked at by your oral surgeon.
Risks are always inherent in any medical procedure, but with tooth implant surgery, the risks are low. Any signs of pain, swelling, or infection can be treated immediately by our Springfield IL dental team. At Ruggless Dental, we prioritize safety and promote excellent oral health of all our patients.