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The risks involved in dental implants

Dental implants are the state of the art in modern dentistry; they are small titanium fixtures that take the place of the natural root of the tooth. Gently implanted into the bone, using local anesthesia, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would. Most often, the implant is more stable than a natural tooth’s root. Upon these implants can build permanent teeth, custom designed and shaded to aesthetically suit each patient’s distinctive facial requirement.

There is no procedure that can be completed in a clinic or hospital that can be said to be risk free. However, the dental implant is one of the most precise and invasive procedure completed by a dentist and though has many positive aspects, risks do exist. One of the major risks of this procedure includes rejection. There is always a risk that your body will reject the implant as any foreign object that is implant comes with the risk of being rejected, rejection is usually high when the sterilization has not been done properly and an infection interferes with the dental procedure. Though these implant screws are constructed of titanium, chances of rejection are low.

Another factor to consider is the gap. When the implant is put in the jawbone, the ceramic or porcelain crown is put in after a few weeks. Though it is not a direct risk, but there is a gap in the cavity and sometimes, the adjacent teeth drift in and there is crowding especially when it is time to fix the crown.
However, the main factor that needs to be considered is the risk of infections. This is why experts in dental health focus on extreme hygiene and sterilization during the dental implant process. However any carelessness during the procedure can result in infections that can jeopardize the implantation process. In some cases, it is so severe that it spreads into the jawbone causing untold misery and pain.

Implants do not hurt and the procedure 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. Your dentist will give you medical instructions on how to look after your implant.

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Dr. Bruno Silva
Founder and Principal Dentist, Brighton Implant Clinic.