The dental implant procedure is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are risks. Dentists have been embedding dental implants for years now, and the technology has advanced. Implants are now very sophisticated devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Reid in Truckee CA. As of right now, dental implants are one of the most durable and reliable ways to replace missing teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are installed in place of missing, damaged, or infected teeth, giving patients the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are dependable and will usually last a lifetime, often with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are rooted into the jawbone using a screw, implants stay secured without slippage as can happen with dentures all while preventing bone loss like your natural root would.
Risks Of Dental Implants
As with any surgery, there are risks. However, problems with a dental implant are uncommon, usually minor and easily repaired. Possible complications can include:
- Infection of the site
- Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical site
- Implant rejection
- Sinus problems
- Material of replacement root and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)
Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Donald Reid means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of issues.
Some patients that have been missing teeth for some time may have suffered bone loss in the jaw bone. Bone graft surgeries may be necessary before the implant process can begin. This procedure consists of harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. This will create more stability to support the implants. Since these are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications including infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implants
Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%. This rate varies depending on the health and aftercare compliance of the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.
However, when working with a dentist experienced in the installation of implants like Dr. Reid, they are inherently safe. Titanium implants- considered the industry standard- can last up to 20 years or longer. Other materials like zirconia cost more but may last longer.
Are Implants Right For Me?
If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be repaired, implants may the dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Truckee CA area, please call (530) 206-0392 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reid to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!