Are Dental Implants Safe, Or Should I Re-think This Procedure?
Our Guelph dentist has the answers.
Those considering dental implants to restore a missing tooth or teeth will naturally have some questions or concerns about the procedure before going through with it.
The good news is, dental implants in Guelph are widely considered to be very successful and safe when performed by a qualified professional, and on patients who are in good general health.
But of course, no invasive procedure of any kind comes without risks — which is why our dentist in Guelph will first need to ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants before scheduling your procedure.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Generally speaking, to be an ideal candidate for dental implants, a patient must be in good general health with healthy gums and sufficient bone mass to support the dental implant, must practice good oral hygiene, must not be allergic to/ have a sensitivity to certain metals, and ideally, should not be a smoker or user of tobacco products.
If a patient does suffer from poor gum health or insufficient bone density, then periodontal therapy and/or a bone grafting procedure will be completed prior to surgery to ensure successful implantation. (These are other examples of procedures where possible risks are minimal, especially with patient compliance).
After determining that you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, our dentist will discuss what you should be aware of, including any possible risks involved for your particular case.
Understanding the potential risks
Some patients are at higher risk for potential complications than others – but even so, these complications are treatable and highly dependent on how much care the patient takes before and after surgery.
With that said, these possible risks include:
Infection: Infections are of the most common potential complication with any invasive medical procedure – but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent them, and are always treatment options available.
Nerve damage: Nerve damage at the site of the dental implant is a possibility, but preventive measures can be taken to significantly reduce the risk. With most cases of nerve damage, the nerves will heal with feeling returning to the area over several months.
Compromised healing: Certain health conditions like cancer, diabetes or bone diseases may slow or compromise the phase of healing or integration of the implant into the jawbone. Depending on the severity of a condition, the dentist may not deem it an implant procedure to be suitable for an individual.
Corrosion: It is possible for the titanium material of the implant to experience corrosion if it is subject to an extremely acidic oral environment. It is also possible for the titanium to interact with any other metals in the mouth, such as from previous dental fillings, leading to “galvanic corrosion”. But don’t worry – our dentist will discuss this with you beforehand.
Allergy to titanium: In some cases, a patient may be allergic to titanium and not know it. Fortunately, dental implants are also available in other materials.
The bottom line is… yes, dental implants are certainly safe!
Dental implant procedures have been performed safely for over 50 years, with a 98% success rate! As long as a patient properly prepares for his or her procedure, practices good oral hygiene at home, and follows the care instructions provided by the dentist – dental implants can be a truly beneficial restoration that often lasts a lifetime.
Should I go through with a dental implant procedure?
If you’ve been considering dental implants in Guelph to replace a lost tooth or multiple teeth, we commend you on this first step to a healthier smile and an improved quality of life!
Contact our friendly team today to schedule a free consultation, and learn more about whether dental implants are safe and ideal for you.
Dr. Coman Dentistry
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4