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Benefits and Risks of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a blessing for people who have gaps and other major problems with their smile.  

In this procedure, titanium implants are surgically adhered to the jaw bone, providing a stable foundation for a crown, partial denture or full denture. Depending on the complexity of the problem, it can take up to a year or more to place the implants and for the surrounding tissue to fully heal.

Pros 

Patients are usually left with a better smile than they’ve ever had before. The result is a younger look, increased confidence and a boost in sex appeal.

Implants are considered a permanent solution. They last a long time, possibly a lifetime, with proper care.

Implants are comfortable. They look and feel like your natural teeth, only better.

Dental implants can greatly improved your ability to chew the foods you love with ease. Unlike dentures, they will not ever slip while you’re eating.

Cons 

Sometimes, the implants fail to integrate with the jaw bone, resulting in them becoming loose or separating from the bone all together. This is a rare occurrence, however, since dentists will usually evaluate whether there is enough bone mass before surgery takes place.

Tissue can become infected around the implants. Again, this is rare, and all precaution should be taken to avoid infection. Lesson: Follow your dentist’s recommendations for post operative care.

Occasional bleeding for a few days is normal following surgery, while excessive bleeding is not. See  your dentist immediately if bleeding is excessive or prolonged.

As stated earlier, dental implants are a great option for improving and maintaining that perfect smile. To see if implants are right for you, see your dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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