Are Dental Implants Safe for Everyone?

February 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keely Marlowe @ 12:20 am

Model of single dental implantIf you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, you’re not alone. 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Bridges, partials, and dentures have been used for generations to replace missing teeth, but 500,000 per year are choosing dental implants to rebuild their smiles. You’ve probably heard about their benefits, but are dental implants safe? Yes! But, there are a few things you should know.

What is a Dental Implant?

Traditional tooth replacement methods only replace the portion of a tooth above the gums. A dental implant differs because it recreates both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to mimic a root. Your bone fuses to the post through a process called osseointegration. An abutment is connected to the post to attach a customized restoration. 

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are safe for most patients with good oral and general health. Your jawbone must be strong, and you can’t have any oral infections. You must also be in good health and have minimal risk factors for complications, like bone loss or delayed healing. 

Your implant dentist will examine your mouth and review X-rays and a CT scan to have a complete picture of your oral health. Depending on the result, they may recommend additional treatments to ensure the success of your procedure, like gum disease treatment or bone grafting.

They will also learn more about your medical history and any medications you’re taking. Those that affect your bone density or lower your immune system can increase your risk of complications, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants. Your dentist will take precautions to replace your lost teeth safely.

They’ll also look at lifestyle factors, like your home oral hygiene habits, history of smoking, and alcohol use, which can affect your risk of infections.

Are Dental Implants Successful?

Dental implants are the most successful solution for tooth loss. They have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right care. You’ll never have to pay for replacements again while enjoying results that look and feel natural. You’ll have peace of mind and confidence, knowing your new teeth will never slip or fall out. 

Replacing your lost teeth not only improves your oral and general health but also your quality of life. You won’t have to cut certain foods from your diet because they are too difficult to chew because dental implants restore 70% of your natural biting force.

You’ll turn back the clock to restore a youthful appearance that will give your confidence a boost. There isn’t any better time than now to invest in the next best thing to your real teeth. 

About Dr. Mark Letter

Dr. Letter earned his dental degree at the Marquette University School of Dentistry and has pursued continuing education regularly in various specialties, like dental implants. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (920) 280-8004.