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What are Dental Implants Risks?

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Dental implants are posts used to restore lost tooth or teeth to look, feel, function and even fit like natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacements like dentures, implants are designed to cover both the root and crown of the missing tooth. Another thing that sets implants apart from other tooth replacements is that implants are made of a decay-free material (commonly titanium) that can last a lifetime if proper care is taken.

Some occasions call for the use of dental implants. Some of the times when dental implants becomes necessary to include;

  • Tooth loss due to infection- Nowadays tooth decay has become so familiar that it is almost impossible to even a household that has not required tooth replacement. The rise in tooth decay can be attributed to the current lifestyle many people lead. Often, tooth infections are so severe they need patients to extract the affected teeth.
  • Accidental tooth loss- Some people also lose their teeth through accidents, and when such happens, it is difficult for the teeth to grow back. In such cases, dental implants can become very useful.
  • Tooth alignment- Sometimes one may feel that the tooth or number of teeth are not well-formed. To resolve the problem, such a person may decide to get rid of the teeth s/he feels like and in their place affix dental implants. On the same note, some people prefer to undertake this procedure as a way of beautifying their teeth.

It is essential to understand what the dental implant placement procedure involves. The process starts with your dentist assessing your viability for the procedure. The assessment includes evaluation of the patient’s general health, his oral health, and any outlying issues that may prevent one from getting the procedure. If one is viable, the dentist then takes the patient’s mouth impressions to measure the type and arrangement of the patient’s teeth. It is essential as it forms the basis for the creation of the implants. Then once the artificial teeth are made in the form of implants, the process of placement begins. The patient’s jaws are again assessed to determine the bone density in the area of the missing teeth. One requires having sufficient bone density for the procedure to be performed. In case it is determined that a patient has low bone density, grafting is then advised. Then after healing which can take about five to six months, the actual tooth placement can then be performed.

Now, placing dental implants can be quite beneficial to a patient. Some of the benefits of dental implants include improved speech especially in cases where tooth loss lead to a patient slurring or mumbling, enhanced tooth functionality, improved smile, self-esteem and improved general appearance. While these benefits are real, getting dental implants can come with some risks including;

  • It is one of the most common threats associated undergoing a procedure for dental implant fixation. Surgery must be performed for the implants to be placed and surgery comes with a bit of cut here and there which can be painful.
  • Tingling is another common side effect that comes with any surgery. Tingling is usually as a result of the medications a patient is given before the surgery.
  • Nerve damage. Another possible risk associated with getting dental implants is damaging to the surrounding nerves.Although very rare it can result in nerve damage and can be quickly reversed using minimal treatment.
  • Infection can also result especially if proper oral hygiene is not taken before, during and even after the procedure. In fact, oral health is a severe issue that in case it is determined that it is not quality, the method cannot be undertaken. Good oral hygiene must also be maintained during the process and the healing period if favorable results are to be obtained.
  • Sinus problems. Patients also run the risk of getting sinuses especially if the placements are to be done on the upper jaw. Sinuses occur when the implants extend beyond their limits and affect the sinus cavities. This risk can be reduced by dentist being careful when inserting the implants into the jaws.
  • Damage or injury to surrounding blood vessels or teeth.

In as much as the above risks are real, it is also real that they occur rarely. Again when they happen most of them can easily to corrected using minimal and straightforward treatments. Still, their occurrence can be easily prevented by just choosing and hiring well trained, qualified and experienced dental implant specialists. In as much as the risks do exists, the benefits that come with getting dental implants override the risks. To prevent, occurrence, your dentists can choose to use for instance imaging technologies like CT scans or X-Rays to ensure placement is done correctly and under the right conditions.