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4 Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Before committing to getting a dental implant, you should make sure you understand all of the pros and cons to the process.

Here are four benefits and risks of getting an implant that can help you make the right decision for your oral health.

Risks of Dental Implants

  • Infection. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a slim chance of catching an infection. Taking an antibiotic after dental implant surgery helps lower this chance even further.
  • Nerve damage. If a dental implant runs into a major nerve, can result in numbness, tingling, and even paralysis in parts of the face. Nerve damage doesn’t happen often thanks to careful implant procedure planning technology.
  • Sinus damage. An upper implant that’s pushed too far into the palate can puncture the sinuses. Here, too, careful planning can help to minimize the risk.

Implant failure. Failure is highly unlikely with dental implants which have a success rate of over 95%. The leading cause of failure is peri-implantitis.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Chew foods normally. Implants are just as strong as natural teeth and can help you eat all of the foods you love.
  • Restore confidence. There’s no more embarrassment over that gap in your smile once you fill it in with a dental implant.
  • Preserve tooth alignment. An implant will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting around.
  • Rejuvenate bone tissue in the jaw. Implants are screws that rest directly in the bone tissue. The pressure of biting and chewing on an implant stimulates the surrounding bone tissue to reinforce itself.

Is a Dental Implant Right for You?

Dental implants are excellent restorations but they don’t work for everyone. Weigh the pros and cons of implants by visiting a dentist near you for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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