Are Dental Implants Safe?

dental implants owings millsHaving dental implants placed is a surgery and, just as with any surgery there are risks. Dentists have been performing dental implant surgeries for some time now, and the technology has advanced quite significantly. Implants are now very sophisticated prosthetic devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Suman Chibb of Owings Mills Dental Care of Owings Mills, MD. As of right now, dental implants are one of the strongest and most reliable ways to replace missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with the same confidence and comfort that they would with their own natural teeth. Implants are durable and will, with proper dental hygiene and routine examinations, 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

Just as with any other surgery, there are possible complications that may occur. However, problems with dental implants are rare, usually minor and most often easily remedied.  The risks of dental surgery include:

  • 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)

Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Chibb means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of complications.

Some patients may have suffered the loss of jaw bone tissue subsequent to whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary to restore their jaw bone enough to support implants. 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. As these are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

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 dentist experienced in the installation of implants like Dr. Chibb, they are inherently safe. 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 Owings Mills, MD

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may be the dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Owings Mills, MD area, please call 410-314-9546 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chibb  to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!