Risks of Dental Implants

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Dental implant procedures are highly successful (studies often show success rates of 98% for dental implants), but they are not without risk. Some risks may lead to failure of the implant, while other risks can result in serious damage to the jaw, ongoing discomfort, and potential threats to your overall health. To manage these risks, it is important to work with an experienced implant dentist for every procedure.

This page contains background information on risks associated with dental implants, but many people prefer to discuss these risks and have questions answered in person by an implant dentist. To schedule a consultation, please call 405-848-7780 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terry Bass in Edmond, Oklahoma today.

Risks of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a highly successful treatment. Implant dentistry has allowed thousands of people to get natural-looking, fully functional, and durable smiles despite one or more lost teeth. But dental implants require surgery, and all surgery has risks. For dental implants, these include:

  • Failure to integrate or loss of integration
  • Detachment of the implant or bone
  • Implant may jut into the sinus
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Nerve damage, resulting in chronic pain, numbness, or tingling
  • Bone loss
  • Overgrowth of the bone
  • Localized or systemic infection

These risks are generally rare, but when they occur they may require secondary surgery to correct. Other effects may be permanent. During your consultation, your implant dentist will discuss these risks and help you understand their consequences as well as just how unlikely they are.

How to Minimize Your Risks

There are many ways you can work to minimize your risks from implant dentistry. The most important is to choose your implant dentist with care. Nothing will have more of an impact on your safety and results during the procedure than your implant dentist.

Next, talk to your doctor about your general health and whether you are healthy enough for surgery. Make sure none of your medications could result in increased risk during your procedure.

Finally, make sure you are completely honest with your implant dentist about your medical and dental history. Don’t forget to disclose over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements you are taking. Follow all pre-operative and postoperative instructions. Failure to follow your implant dentist’s instructions can significantly increase risk. Consider quitting smoking if you are a smoker: some studies show that smoking can increase your risk of implant failure to 30% or more.

To talk to a qualified dentist about the risks of implant dentistry, please contact Dr. Terry Bass online or call 405-848-7780 in Edmond, OK for an appointment.