Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been used regularly and safely in dentistry for over 50 years. You may, however, have some worries about the safety of dental implant restoration. However, rest assured implants are safe when recommended by a doctor. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates we will provide you with all the dental care you need.
Why Are Dental Implants Considered Safe?
The success rate of dental implants is almost 100 percent. This is because implants are made of biocompatible materials, like titanium. Implants don't require any kind of special care; you only need to follow standard dental hygiene practices.
The materials used to make dental crowns, like dental-grade porcelain, are non-toxic, body-friendly, and durable. To maintain the quality of the materials, you only need to brush and floss daily as well as routinely visit a dentist.
Effects of Tooth Loss
When you have missing teeth, the part of your jawbone in that gap can start to break down. This is because of a lack of stimulation from the tooth root. As the jawbone degrades and recedes over time, your existing teeth can loosen or be destabilized.
Besides, when you lose teeth, the existing teeth tend to shift toward the gap. This can lead to misalignment that can create irregularities as well as affect your ability to chew food.
Having missing teeth can also make you vulnerable to periodontal disease that, in turn, can expose you to even more severe general health risks. Periodontal disease is linked to multiple serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and more. Having missing teeth in particular parts of your mouth can also lead to facial collapse, leading to you look older than your actual age.
Dental Implants vs Bridges
Both dental implants and bridges can be used to replace your lost teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth anchored on two dental crowns. For you to get a bridge fitted, teeth that border the missing tooth may need to be physically altered to create support for the bridge. Conversely, dental implants don’t affect any of the adjoining teeth.
Bridges require the support of adjoining healthy teeth and may not be effective if you’ve lost multiple teeth. Conversely, implants don’t require support from adjoining natural teeth and can be used even if multiple teeth are missing.
Compared to implants which can last a lifetime, bridgework has a shorter lifespan. This is because there are many things, like tooth decay, that can negatively impact bridges because they aren’t securely anchored in place.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
The answer to this dental implant FAQ is that almost anyone with missing teeth can be a candidate for dental implant restoration. If you need more information on your specific needs, talk to us here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates.
Can Dental Implants Help if You Have Dentures?
Implants are often used in individuals who wear partial or full dentures. Dental implants can provide support and retention to removable implant overdentures, or fixed dentures, reducing the reliance on denture glue. Contact us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates at 214-363-9946 for all the information you need about dental implants and bridges.