The procedure of installing dental implants is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are inherent risks. Dentists have been placing dental implants for some time now, and the technology has advanced significantly.
Implants are now very sophisticated devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Frederick Marra of Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants in Cohoes, NY. As of right now, dental implants are one of the most durable and reliable ways to replace missing teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile in comfort and with confidence. Implants are made to last, with a lifespan of possibly decades with only minimal adjustments or sometimes none at all. Because they are embedded into the jawbone, acting as an artificial root, implants stay secure in your gums while also preventing bone loss and the shifting of other teeth.
Risks Of Dental Implants
As with any other surgery, there are possible complications that can occur. However, issues with dental implants are rare and usually minor and easily repaired. Risks include:
- Infection of the site
- Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
- Implant rejection
- Sinus problems
- potential allergies to implant materials (usually made of titanium)
Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Marra means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of issues.
Some patients that have been missing teeth for some time may have already suffered bone loss in the jaw. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary to build back up the jawbone tissue to be stable enough to support an implant.
In this procedure, bone is harvested from other areas of the body and used to replace tissue on the jaw where the transplanted bone will naturally fuse to the existing bone. As these are additional surgeries they come with their own risks and complications including infection, more discomfort and a longer recuperation time.
Dental Implants Success Rates
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. Marra of Capital Region Complete Dental Care, 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 Cohoes, NY
If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may the dental restoration option you need to restore the appearance and function of your smile. For patients in the Cohoes, NY area, please call (518) 650-1930 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marra to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!