Sometimes, our oral health gets the best of us, and a tooth ends up rotting out, or maybe you find yourself with a chipped or otherwise broken tooth due to an unfortunate accident.
If you aren’t already at the stage where you’re considering having all your teeth pulled out and just going straight to dentures, dental implants are your next best bet. Dental implants are embedded in the mouth through a surgical procedure that is usually done in a variety of steps. People are usually afraid of anything dealing with surgery and immediately think about possible complications, which leads us to the topic of this post: how safe are dental implants?
Common Complications With Dental Implant Procedures
In as simple terms as possible, the dental implant procedure replaces natural structures within the jaw with artificial ones. Instead of roots, titanium posts are screwed into the jaw and then realistic looking fake teeth are placed on these metal posts. The resulting teeth function and look just like the real thing, and are permanent.
This procedure is done in stages. During the first stage, the metal post is put into the mouth beneath the tissue of the gums. Stitching is required to help assist the healing of the gums. At this time in the procedure, the most significant complications that can occur are an infection at the site of the implant or nerve damage which can result in pair in the structures in the jaw.
A sufficiently qualified surgeon that has done their due diligence with obtaining X-rays before the procedure begins and making sure that aseptic technique is practice properly reduces the chances of this occurring immensely, to the point where the risks are in the low single digit percentages, if not under the single digit percentage mark.
After that, a piece called an abutment is added to the post and then the tooth placed on the abutment. The main concern is bacteria colonizing the area around the abutment and the teeth, which can be very effectively mitigated by proper oral hygiene.
How To Reduce The Risk Of Complications
All in all, receiving dental implants is a very safe procedure so long as certain conditions are met.
First, you need to make sure that the surgeon doing the procedure is qualified and takes all of the necessary steps before the surgery begins to know the structures in your face & jaw. Typically this is done by taking X-rays beforehand, so they know what they are dealing with and if there are any nerves, they will have to work around to avoid creating any complications. A good surgeon will also stitch up the area properly after the initial post is inserted and inform you on how to best reduce your chances of the site becoming infected.
From there, it’s all about proper oral hygiene. In the case of dental implants, bacterial colonies will target the implant much more readily than other teeth, so when brushing, flossing, and doing other routine work you need to make sure that you give extra attention to the new implant.
So long as you satisfy the two requirements above, dental implants are an incredibly safe procedure with little room for error. Proper effort must be taken both from the surgical staff and the patient themselves to ensure that the healing process is as quick and simple as possible, but once that’s out of the way it’s smooth sailing.
If you have any more questions about dental implants, our friendly Dental Smiles Unlimited staff is happy to speak to you now.