A dental implant is a metallic root of a tooth that is placed in the bone of your jaw by a dental implant dentist and allowed to heal in the bone for a period of time until the bone-implant union is strong enough to support a prosthetic tooth. Dental implant treatment has been around for about 25-30 years years now. This type of treatment is used to support one or more false teeth as it is placed into the jawbone just like a tooth root. The common question asked by many patients seeking this type of medication is ‘’Are dental implants safe?’’. This is a serious concern as no individual would want to undergo treatment that would either worsen his current condition or make him/her uncomfortable.
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. But all this depends on how well you look after your implants and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments. The success of this treatment needs good gums, and if you smoke, there could be complications, which needs to be addressed before getting the treatment done.
So, are dental implants safe? Brighton Implant Clinic offers a free consultation before you undergo dental implant treatment. During the assessment your dental health is discussed and treatment options are proposed. Any possible complications or risks involved with treatment are also highlighted. Radiographs and CT scans are used to carefully plan the dental implant treatment.
Implant treatment doesn’t normally hurt; infact placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
In some cases the dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used in hospital settings.
The question on how are dental implants safe cannot be answered by one person. The dentist will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. Your dental implant surgeon may give you some painkillers and antibiotics to take after dental implant surgery.
If you don’t look after your implants they could develop a coating similar to that found on natural teeth (plaque). If left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could encounter all these problems with dental implants as well.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted into is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
In some rare cases when the implant does not fuse with the bone, that is if the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after the healing period, it is easily removed and your jaw will just heal in the normal way. Once your jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Dental implants have been shown to be successful in over 95% of cases.