Are Dental Implants Safe?

January 15, 2022
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While dental implants are a popular, effective tool, some patients are worried about them. Are dental implants safe? Will they cause side effects? What is the failure rate? Get the answers in the article below.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

So many patients wonder- are dental implants safe? The answer is yes! Not only are they safe, but they also can prevent additional oral health problems. Implants help to strengthen the jaw and support artificial teeth, leading to better oral health over time.

Who Should Avoid Dental Implants?

Of course, no single dental procedure is the best choice for every patient. Patients who are sensitive to certain metals might have a reaction to titanium implants, which means they are better off choosing another procedure. In addition, patients who are heavy smokers might not be good candidates for implants.

Dental implants need to be placed in healthy jaws and gum tissue. If you have jaw or gum issues, bone grafts, gingivitis treatments, and other procedures can help to heal the area so you can get implants in the future.

Will There Be Side Effects?

Some patients might experience side effects after getting dental implants. However, these are usually mild and will subside as your surgery site heals. Common side effects include swelling, pain, or bruising around the surgery site, as well as sensitivity while eating or drinking. While it’s extremely rare, infection can happen after getting dental implants. Call your oral surgeon right away if you develop a fever or any other infection symptoms.

Will My Dental Implants Fail?

For over 95% of patients, dental implants are a success. Of course, that means a small number of implants do fail. Luckily, there are options for these patients and oral surgeons can usually try the procedure again. Monitor your symptoms as you recover and attend all of your follow-up appointments so your oral surgeon can ensure your implants are healing correctly.

The Bottom Line

Dental implants are a safe and reliable way for patients to improve their smiles. However, we understand that some patients will be nervous about the procedure or have additional questions. The Houston Dental Implant Center team is here to guide you through your implant journey. Call us today to learn more or to book a consultation.

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