Understanding the Risks of Dental Implants
Dental implants have greatly advanced the field of restorative dentistry. These titanium posts are surgically inserted in the jawbone, where they function like natural tooth roots and can support a variety of prostheses, like a dental crown or denture. At Astoria Dental Group, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel have the experience and precise techniques needed to make dental implant placement an extremely safe and effective process. During a consultation, we can educate you on the benefits and risks of dental implants to determine whether they are right for you. Contact our Queens practice to schedule a consultation and learn more.
Risks and Potential Complications
If you are considering dental implants, we encourage our patients to weigh their personal needs and goals, and consider the benefits and risks of this procedure. Because they are surgically placed, dental implants do carry some degree of risk. However, when they are placed by a skilled surgeon like those at Astoria Dental Group, these risks are greatly reduced.
Common risks associated with dental implant placement include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Discomfort or pain
- Improper placement which can lead to implant failure
- Puncture of the sinus cavity
- Damage to blood vessels or nerves
- Bacterial infection
Our precise planning ensures that our patients' implants will be placed without damage to surrounding tissues. Additionally, patients must have a sufficient amount of bone tissue in order to provide adequate support for the implants. Placed in a too-thin or soft jaw, implants may not be successful. If this is the case, bone grafting may be recommended to build up the strength and volume of the jaw bone. Some patients can also receive mini dental implants, which are thinner in diameter than traditional dental implants. Due to their smaller size, these types of implants can be placed in a smaller amount of bone.
Weighing Benefits of the Procedure
While patients should be apprised of the risks of dental implants, patients should also understand the long-lasting benefits that justify these risks. Simply put, failing to address tooth loss can lead to a cascade of health problems. After teeth are lost or extracted, your jaw bone naturally begins to resorb back into your body. Dental implants mimic the stimulation provided by natural tooth roots. This stimulation stops resorption and keeps your jaw strong and healthy. With an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture, you will no longer have to worry about your restoration slipping out of place when you eat or speak. Lastly, one of the greatest benefits of dental implants is the increased confidence you will feel with your new, improved smile.
Contact Us to Learn More
Dental implants can greatly improve your quality of life. To learn more about dental implants, contact Astoria Dental Group today. Our team is ready to answer your questions and schedule your personalized consultation.