Before you buy a car, house, or any other significant investment, you would want to know everything about it, right? Well, the same principle applies to getting a significant procedure like dental implants. We completely agree! You should understand all the ins and outs of the procedure and feel absolutely confident in your treatment choice. That’s why we’re providing answers to some common questions we get about dental implants.
Absolutely! Although dental implants are made of metal, they are completely safe to use inside the body. In fact, the biocompatible titanium used in dental implants is the same material used for hip or knee replacements. It stimulates bone growth and becomes fully integrated into the structure, creating a strong bond. That’s how dental implants are able to support the dental prosthetics so well over many years. You don’t have to worry about these replacement teeth slipping or coming loose, so you can eat, laugh, speak, and smile with complete confidence.
An overwhelming majority of the time, dental implants are placed successfully. In fact, even after ten years, 90 percent of dental implants are still feeling natural and working well for patients. Many factors contribute to this high success rate, including the expertise of the dental professional placing the implant, the thoroughness of the diagnostic work performed before the procedure, and the quality of aftercare following placement. Luckily, we have a skilled periodontist on staff, Dr. Maria Tibbs, who has years of experience and a steady, gentle touch that will make the process go as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
Even though it is rare, dental implant failure can happen. After all, all surgery includes some risks. Basically, implant failure occurs when the bone and tissue don’t keep the post in place. For example, if you have an infection when a dental implant is placed, chances are that the bone and tissue will not be able to support the implant. Also, you need to give your bone and tissue sufficient time to heal and surround the post before putting the abutment and prosthetic on top of it. Otherwise, it might not have enough strength to sustain the replacement tooth. In the long term, improper maintenance can eventually lead to implant failure.
Although placing your dental implants entails an advanced, complex, and surgical procedure, taking care of your dental implants is actually quite straightforward. Basically, you maintain them just as you would your natural teeth. That means brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our office twice every year for your dental checkup and cleaning. It’s that simple!
As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact our office for an appointment today!