The process of placing a dental implant is a surgery, and all surgeries carry some risk. Fortunately, when done properly by an experienced and highly-trained dentist like Dr. Datta Malyavantham of Ridgetop Dental in Sterling, VA, dental implants are a low-risk procedure. Implants are the strongest, most reliable way to replace missing teeth and preserve tooth structure.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. When teeth are missing, damaged, or infected and unable to be saved, dental implants replace the missing tooth’s root. A small metal screw is inserted into the jawbone, and a false tooth is attached to the screw to replace the feel and function of the natural tooth. Implants allow you to eat, drink, and clean teeth just as you would with your natural tooth and are resistant to decay and infection.
Risks Of Dental Implants
Just like with any other surgery, there are possible complications that could occur. However, problems with a dental implant are rare and usually minor and easily repaired. Risks could include:
- Surgical site infection
- 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.
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. Datta, 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 Sterling, VA
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 Northern Virginia area, please call (703) 520-7410 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Datta to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!