Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. They are long-lasting, look great, and, for most people, they are very safe. If you are thinking about getting dental implants, we highly recommend coming in to see our team. We can provide you with information and insight into your options and talk about the range of solutions for your missing teeth. At Lovett Dental Corpus Christi, we are happy to talk to you about all of your options.
What Are Dental Implants?
To understand if dental implants are safe or if they are right for you, it’s important to know what they are and how they work. Implants have been used for over 50 years. New methods are much safer and simpler than in the past. In general, implants are small screws that are placed into the jawbone. They fuse with the bone and encourage it to grow. This allows for an abutment, or attachment, to be added to the implant and a crown to be placed on top. The entire process leads to a strong bite and a comfortable, natural-looking smile.
How Safe Are Dental Implants?
When our clients come in to talk to us about dental implants in Corpus Christi, many want to know just how safe they are. For most people, they can be very safe to use. This is a form of oral surgery, which means that there are surgical-related risks like a risk for bleeding and infection. We do everything we can to minimize these risks, and they do prove to be very rare.
Some people may be a high risk for any surgery. Our team will always talk to you about your oral health and your overall risk factors. We’ll discuss these with you when you come in for dental implants.
Do you have a sensitivity to metal? If you have problems with any metal, like copper, zinc, nickel, lead, or iron, we may talk to you about the risks associated with your oral health. If you have any sensitivity to metals that titanium can be alloyed with, that can eliminate your ability to get implants.
What Risks Do Implants Post?
When you come in for a consultation about implants in Corpus Christi, we will talk to you about all of the risks of this type of procedure and what you can expect. This includes determining if you are a good candidate for the procedure. This is a complex procedure, especially if your gums or jawbone have some damage to them. You may need several phases to complete the procedure, too.
There is some limited risk that titanium in your implants can interact with other metals in your mouth. This can cause galvanic corrosion. That’s something we will talk to you about if you have these metals.
Also, we will talk to you about the risks of all surgeries individual, including bone grafting that you may need or the risk of damage to nerves. We’ll discuss infection risks and how you can minimize them. For those with diabetes, we can also talk to you about how healing may take longer for you. This also applies to those with bone degradation or cancer histories.
What Is the First Step?
To learn if dental implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with our team. We are a full-service team, which means we can help you improve your oral health through general dentistry or other methods:
- Full and partial denture consultations
- Bridges and crown services
- Tooth extraction procedures
- Specialty dental services