Hey, we get it. Who wouldn’t think about their health and safety with such a major life change? You are probably thinking are dental implants safe? Dental Implants are a safe, well-established treatment for teeth replacement. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. Contemporary dental implants have been in place for over 30 years.
Dental Implant Safety Facts
- Dental implants are typically made from titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with the human body.
- Dental implant surgery is 98% effective.
- Periodontists and oral surgeons placing implants are highly regarded in the dental community.
- Dental implants are the only restorative method that stimulates your natural bone under the missing tooth.
Although some people may be afraid of this dental procedure, dental implant surgery is very delicate and secure. The procedure of implanting is also intricate, ensuring the highest level of comfort with minimal risks for the patient.
The results of dental implantation also highly depend on the skill and qualification of the implant dentist who does it, so make sure you do your research before undergoing the procedure.
Dental implants have been studied and tested for many years, proving their safety and compatibility with the human body.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The major qualifier for dental implants is having enough healthy bone. When you lose your teeth, the bone is no longer stimulated and it shrinks. In order to permanently restore the teeth there must be enough bone for dental implants or bone must be replaced with supplemental materials.
The Solution: Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is usually a minor procedure done in the dental office. A small incision is made in your gum to expose the bone and then grafting material, composed of different sources, is placed next to the incision. The grafting material will be absorbed by your body and then replaced with your own new bone.
Types of Bone Grafts
Grafting material can come from a variety of sources, from harvesting your own bone to an animal or cadaver bone. The material can also be synthetic and come in a variety of forms: gels, powders, granules, and putty.
- Autograft: takes bone from one site in your body and moves it to another. This is the only type of bone graft that involves creating two surgical sites, the one from which the bone is taken and the one where it is deposited.
- Allograft: laboratory-processed human bone from a deceased donor that comes from a tissue bank.
- Xenograft: comes from an animal, typically a cow
- Alloplast: This type of graft uses synthetic materials
What Happens Next?
After your bone graft has been placed you may experience some discomfort at the surgical site. Over-the-counter medications for inflammation should ease your discomfort. Just know that it may take 6 months for your bone to be completely developed and to receive your dental implant.
The waiting period ensures the best desired results so you can have a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime.
Top Dental Implant Questions to Ask Before Surgery
1. What anesthesia will be used? How will it be administered?
The patient and surgeon will discuss anesthesia options. It is our goal to provide state of the art care with minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia can be injected at the surgical site. If the operation is more involved, sedation will be used via an IV placed in the arm or hand.
2. Will vital signs be monitored?
Yes, with sedation, the oral surgeon and surgical assistants will continuously monitor the vital signs.
3. Will sedatives and/or anti-anxiety medication be used? Which one(s)?
With IV sedation all of the drugs have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and sedative properties designed to relax you. These include propofol, Versed, and possibly a narcotic such as fentanyl. A preoperative oral sedative can be prescribed in some cases.
4. What type of pain management will be administered?
During the procedure a local anesthetic to help block pain, such as lidocaine, will be given. Following the procedure, a combination of adequate pain medications mixed with a non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, will be prescribed.
5. What is estimated length of surgery?
Single tooth implants can be placed in less than 30 minutes, multiple tooth implants can be up to an hour, while a full jaw could be 2-3 hours.
6. Are implants placed within the gum line so natural gums are visible/grow over implants? Or are implants constructed with artificial gums and placed over natural gums (similar to traditional dentures)?
Placement of the implants depends on many factors, with outstanding results. The surgeon and prosthodontist, along with the patient’s input, will decide which option is best
7. Is there much blood loss?
It would be very rare to have significant blood loss.
8. If jaw bone density was evaluated and found appropriate prior to surgery, is it possible to find inadequate bone density during surgery and further exploration, resulting in inability to complete the procedure? What alternatives are available if this should occur?
In these rare occasions, either immediate bone grafting or staged bone grafting can correct the problem. The key is to hold off on implant placement if the chance of osseointegration (the implant fusing to the bone) is poor.
9. How many implant procedures has your team placed?
EON Clinics’ clinicians have placed and restored thousands of implants, all with success rates greater than 97%.
“I am writing on behalf of my grandfather, Robert Johnson. He wore an upper and lower denture for years and after a while he stopped tasting food… The first couple of opinions the doctor told us that he wasn’t a candidate because he lost so much bone while he was wearing the dentures. Eon Clinics advertised an alternative that can be done even after bone loss so we decided to give it one more try. We were thrilled to hear that he was a candidate and didn’t even need any bone grafts! Eon Clinics dramatically changed his life. He is now able to laugh without worrying about his teeth falling out or smelling bad. He said that it feels very good to have strong and stable teeth. Plus he looks handsome again like he used to before he started losing his teeth. The EON Clinics doctors do this everyday and it makes a big difference.. From the very get go they knew exactly what to do. The Johnson family would recommend this to anyone with lost or failing teeth.” – Shannon Smith on behalf of Robert Johnson