Talking to our patients, it’s pretty clear that for many, the decision to have dental implants is not one that was easy to make. Many people are scared of possible pain involved in the treatment, or their implants not matching their real teeth and looking out of place with their smiles.
Having dental implants really is a personal choice, and one that is hard reached. However, if you are considering renewing your smile following tooth extraction with dental implants, we’re here to provide you with the risks and benefits of the treatment to help you make an informed decision.
How do dental implants differ from real teeth?
Real teeth are made up of the tooth and root. With dental implants, the ‘tooth’ is made up of the crown, or the covering, and abutment. The implant is secured in place with a titanium screw or post. Implants are unlikely to come loose, unlike dentures, and are designed to look exactly like your real teeth. We take time to match color and shape to fit your smile perfectly.
What are the risks of dental implants?
There are a number of possible risks associated with dental implants. However, these risks are minimal and only a small number of patients have adverse reactions to their implants.
That being said, some of the risks include:
- Infection – Which can be prevented with good dental hygiene
- Metal Allergy – Some people, roughly 6%, have an adverse reaction to titanium. If you are aware of a metal allergy in advance, we can consider some other options.
- Nerve Damage – In some very rare cases, nerve damage can occur from the implant procedure.
- Loss of Implant – Sometimes, the crown can come loose. If this occurs, the crown can be refastened or replaced.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are quite a few benefits to having dental implants, and not all of them are related to appearance. While dental implants can help to renew your smile and self confidence, they can also help to prevent bone loss, support other teeth and they are also a more practice alternative to dentures.