The installation of dental implants is considered an oral surgery, and as with a surgery of any kind there are inherent risks. Dentists have been installing dental implants for years now, and the technology involved has advanced significantly. Today’s dental implants are very sophisticated devices designed and placed by highly trained dental professionals like Dr. Roy Eskow of Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Bethesda, MD. Dental implants are now one of the strongest and most reliable ways to replace missing teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with complete confidence and comfort once again. Implants are extremely durable and may last decades with only minimal adjustments or none at all as long as you care for them alongside your regular teeth with routine brushing and flossing and use them judiciously e.g. not using them to rip or tear things. Because they are fastened into the jawbone using an implant screw, implants stay secured while preventing bone loss.
Are Dental Implants Safe? Are There Risks?
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 include:
- Infection of the site
- 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)
Working with a skilled and experienced dentist like Dr. Eskow means that your implant surgery will have a much smaller risk of issues.
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 before dental implants can be installed. The grafting 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.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implants
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. Eskow, 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 Bethesda, MD
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 Bethesda, MD area, please call (301) 200-5222 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eskow to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!