Is There Anything That Can Go Wrong with Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an increasingly popular method of replacing missing teeth and it’s little wonder as properly planned and cared for dental implants can last for many years and they look and feel great. Most dental implants in South Benfleet will have a success rate of 95% or even higher, but as with all types of surgery there is always a small level of risk. It’s worth doing some research before you have this treatment so you are fully aware of what is involved as well as the risks and benefits.
Choosing a Good Dental Implant Dentist in South Benfleet
The first step is to choose a good dental implant dentist who should be someone you feel comfortable talking to about your dental health. You’ll find they will want to know quite a bit about your dental and medical health so they can assess your suitability for treatment. While most people can benefit from dental implants, a few people may be better off choosing an alternative way to replace the missing teeth. This may apply if you have diabetes that is poorly controlled or if you are a smoker and don’t wish to quit as smoking affects healing. The next thing your dentist will want to do is to take some diagnostic tests that will include a CT scan and x-rays. These help plan the surgery and good planning is vital for success.
You’ll find our dentist in South Benfleet will take a great deal of time and trouble in assessing where to place your dental implant as it’s important it is surrounded by sufficient bone to hold it firmly in position but at the same time it mustn’t interfere with any vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels. We also need to consider the overall aesthetics, as it is important that the final implant tooth is able to function correctly while looking fantastic. Without this care, there is always the possibility that implant surgery could go wrong but you can rest assured that we take every precaution to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Preventing Your Dental Implants Becoming Infected
It’s easy to assume that because dental implants are made from inert materials that there is no way they can become infected and therefore there is no real need to keep them meticulously clean. In fact the complete opposite is true as your implants are surrounded by living tissue and without the correct care it’s possible you may develop a condition called peri-implantitis. This is an infection that is similar to gum disease and without swift treatment it can lead to the implants becoming loose, leaving your dentist in South Benfleet little option but to remove them. With proper home dental care combined with professional check-ups and cleanings at South Benfleet Dental Care, there’s an extremely low risk that your implants could become infected.
With proper planning and professional dental care, combined with good home-care there is an extremely low risk that anything will go wrong with your dental implants. You’ll find our dentist in South Benfleet can talk to you about these risks and can explain more fully how you can reduce them. Dental implants have been successfully used for decades so if you’d like to find out more or are ready to book a consultation, just give us a call on 01268 793485.