Advantages And Risks Of Dental Implants

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With the advances in dental technology, there are many options available for patients who have several missing teeth. Younger patients may not want dentures, and having dentures for several years can cause other problems. Luckily for them, there are other options, such as dental implants. This article discusses the advantages of dental implants and some of the risks involved. 


They are more permanent than other forms of teeth replacement. Because of the way they are made, dental implants can be permanent. As long as the patient takes proper care of the implants, they can last for the remainder of the patient's life. 

They help to protect the jawbone from deterioration. Teeth help support the jawbone. If a patient has several teeth missing for a long period of time, the jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Because dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, they replace those missing teeth and help to prevent jaw bone deterioration.

They look and function like real teeth. Dental implants are made to look and function like regular teeth, which means that others won't be able to tell a difference between the implants and real teeth.

They help to improve speech and eating. For patients who have several teeth missing, speaking and eating may pose a problem. For those who have dentures, they can slip, causing difficulties with speaking and eating. Because dental implants are permanent, they will not slip and speaking and eating will be easier.

They help to protect the shape of the face. When several teeth are missing over a long period of time, the face and cheeks may begin to look sunken and appear gaunt. Having dental implants surgically placed will help to prevent this from happening.

They help to protect the shaving down of teeth. With other types of teeth replacement, such as bonding, veneers, and bridgework, the shaving down of the tooth enamel may be necessary in order to fit the product in the mouth. Dental implants are made to fit the shape of the mouth and will not require the shaving down of the enamel, protecting the natural tooth tissue.

Risks associated with implant surgery:

As with any surgery, there are certain risks involved. Following is a list of some of the risks with a brief explanation:

  • Infection at the implant site. If the implants are not properly taken care of, the implant site may become infected. 
  • Nerve damage. The nerves may become damaged, causing pain, numbness, or tingling in the jaw, teeth, gums, or lips. 
  • Sinus problems. Rarely, the dental implants may protrude into the sinus cavities, causing pain and other issues.

If any of these symptoms arise, it is very important that the patient informs a dentist like Bruce Mathes DDS as soon as possible. 


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