The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, but they come with a few risks and drawbacks. The risks and complications associated with dental implant surgery include infections, damage to other teeth, delayed bone healing, nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, jaw fractures, and more. However, there are also many advantages to dental implants that may outweigh the risks. Planning for dental implant surgery requires several phases of treatment, and the cost of the procedure is often not covered by insurance.

Infections are one of the most common risks associated with dental implant surgery. If the dentist doesn't clean the area thoroughly before placing the implant, bacteria can attack and cause infections. To reduce this risk, I will prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help kill any bacteria in the area. After the implants are placed, they should be allowed to heal properly for 3 to 6 months.

If your gums become inflamed, red, or sore, you should see your dentist right away. Treating an infection as quickly as possible can help protect the implant, gums, and surrounding teeth. Nerve damage is another potential complication of dental implant surgery. If you experience numbness or tingling in your mouth, face, or gums, it could be the result of nerve damage. X-rays before surgery can help reduce the risk of nerve damage.

An implant fracture occurs when extreme force is applied to the implant. If the implant fractures, you'll need to do a new one. Therefore, avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent implant fractures. Dental implants are stronger than removable teeth and generally more comfortable than other types of restorations that must be routinely replaced every several years. However, getting dental implants may require several procedures and carry a certain risk of complications.

If you have medical problems that make surgery difficult or leave you vulnerable to infection, you may decide that these additional procedures aren't worth the risk. If you're missing just one tooth, a traditional dental bridge is often a great way to replace it. Bridges are much cheaper than dental implants and don't require surgery. However, they don't help maintain bone density like dental implants do. Dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are also much cheaper than dental implants and don't require surgery.

However, dentures don't address the consequences of tooth loss both above and below the gum line like dental implants do. Ultimately, it's important to weigh all of your options carefully before deciding on a course of treatment for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages but also come with certain risks that should be taken into consideration.

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