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Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implant surgery is considered safe and risk free. A dental implant is a device to support replacement teeth and allows your teeth to work the way they should. Typically they are made of titanium, a material the body accepts with no risks involved. Your bone will lock the implant into place. If you are considering implants, then there are several steps you will have to take with your dentist to make sure they are right for you.

The surgery is a rapid and pain free process. The surgery itself consists of placing the dental implant into your teeth bone through a surgical process. As you heal the implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone. The healing can take anywhere between weeks and months. In between this time you will have to go for regular check-ups to make sure everything is fusing well together. When the implant ‘bonds‘, a connector is placed on top of the dental implant and then a crown onto that. It is a simple process to have done and will change the way you look and feel.

Benefits and Risks

Dental implants are the next best thing to real teeth and they are strong and stable. An implant replaces a broken or missing tooth so it looks like a tooth, feels like one and functions like one. They are a long term solution and they are built to last. Dental implants mean you can carry on enjoying life, keep your teeth in your mouth and not in a cup as with dentures. They also help you retain the shape of your face and allow you to speak and eat as easily as before. Implants are a thousand times better than dentures because dentures can slip when you eat or talk and implants will keep your other healthy teeth in place.

Risks are minimal and some of them could be injury or damage to surrounding teeth, infection, nerve damage which can cause pain and possible sinus problems. You may also experience some tingling or numbness in your lips, chin or gums. All of these problems which happen in rare cases can be easily treated and cause minor problems to the patient.

Overall dental implants are a safe solution and are almost a risk free procedure.