Are Dental Implants Safer Than Other Options?

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The dental implant placement procedure is a surgery, and all surgery carries some risk. Dentists often recommend dental implants for patients for their durability and longevity, but also because of a relatively simple procedure. Implants are sophisticated devices designed to fit intuitively and function like your natural teeth. Ridgetop Dental Group is a Northern VA dental implant provider offering implants treatment all under one roof.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are durable and will usually last a lifetime, often with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are rooted into the jawbone using a screw, implants stay secured while preventing bone loss.

Risks Of Dental Implants

Any procedure involving a foreign object carries some risk. Dental implants are usually placed without any complications, but there are some risks involved, such as:

  • Infection of the site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Material of replacement tooth and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)

Some patients may have suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary. This procedure involves harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. This will allow the jawbone to be stable enough to one day support implants. As these are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.

Are Dental Implants Safe and Successful?

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%. This rate varies depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.

However, when working with a highly-trained, ICOI-affiliated dentist like Dr. Datta Malyavantham, they are safe and effective. Titanium implants, which are the industry standard, can last up to 20 years or longer. Other materials like zirconia cost more but last longer.

Dental Implants in Northern VA

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may be the best dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Northern VA area, please call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Ridgetop Dental Group dentist to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!

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