Are Dental Implants Safe?

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Placing a dental implant is a surgery, and all surgeries carry some degree of risk. When performed by an experienced and highly-trained dentist like Dr. Datta Malyavantham of Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA, dental implants are a low-risk procedure. Dental implants are the strongest, most reliable way to preserve tooth structure, replace missing teeth, and give you the same feel and function of your natural teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Many people turn to dental implants for their durability and reliability. When teeth are missing, damaged, or unable to be saved, implants can be inserted into the jaw to replace the missing tooth’s root. A small metal screw is surgically implanted and a false tooth is attached to the screw, which offers the same feel and function as your natural tooth. With dental implants, you can still eat, drink, and clean teeth without additional restrictions.

Risks Of Dental Implants

Just like with any other surgery, there are possible complications that could occur. However, problems with a dental implant are rare and usually minor and easily repaired.  Risks could include:

  • Surgical site infection
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Material of replacement tooth and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)

Some patients may have suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary. This procedure involves harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. This will allow the jawbone to be stable enough to one day support implants. As these are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.

Dental Implants Success Rate

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%. This rate varies depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.

However, when working with a dentist experienced in the installation of implants like Dr. Datta, they are inherently safe. Titanium implants, which are the industry standard, can last up to 20 years or longer. Other materials like zirconia cost more but last longer.

Dental Implants in Reston, VA

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may be the dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Reston, VA area, please call (571) 313-7010 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Datta to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!