Placing dental implants is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are inherent risks. However, dentists have been placing dental implants for years now, and the technology has advanced quite a bit.
Implants are now very sophisticated prosthetic devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Drs. Kamron and Clement Monroe, respected dentists of Pinehurst, NC. At this point, dental implants are one of the most durable and reliable ways to replace missing teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants completely replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth from the root up, enabling patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are made from durable titanium and can last decades, often with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are embedded into your jawbone using an implant screw, your implant is permanently secured while preventing bone loss.
Risks Of Dental Implants
Like with any surgical procedure, there are possible complications that can occur. However, problems with a dental implant procedure are rare and usually minor and easily remedied. Risks 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. Monroe means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of issues.
Some patients may have a shortage of healthy bone tissue in the jaw area due to erosion along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these individuals, bone graft surgeries may be needed to reinforce the area with healthy bone tissue from another area of the body. This additional surgery will allow the jawbone to be stable enough to support dental implants once the site has healed and the bone tissue has bonded to the site. However, because this is a surgery too, it comes with its own risks and possible 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% but this can vary depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and several other factors.
However, when you’re working with experienced dentists like the Drs. Monroe, they are inherently safe. Titanium implants- which are currently the industry standard- can last their recipients up to 20 years or even longer. Other less traditional materials like zirconia cost more but may last longer.
Dental Implants in Pinehurst, NC
If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, dental implants may be the dental restoration option you need. For patients in the Pinehurst, NC area, please call 910.420.3670 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Monroe to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!