A dental implant procedure is not only safe, but it is perhaps one of the safest surgical procedures performed in modern dentistry. The titanium in an implant is completely biocompatible and easily ‘accepted’ by the body as a tooth replacement.
Modern dental implants have been used for many decades, though the practice of tooth root replacement has been used in various ways for hundreds of years. During that time, dentistry has evolved significantly, making it possible for us to mimic the look and function of a natural tooth more closely than ever before.
Dental implant success rates vary from patient to patient. However, those who properly care for their dental implants typically see a success rate of 95 to 98 percent.
Dental implant procedures are surgical operations performed while a patient is anesthetized. This helps to minimize any discomfort associated with the procedure itself. However, it is normal to experience some pain and swelling following the surgery, which may be alleviated with over-the-counter medication or a pain medication prescribed by your dentist.
Once you have received your implants, you may be given a temporary set of teeth for use during the recovery period. These may be a denture or partial worn until your gums have healed and the swelling has subsided. It is at this time that you can return to be fitted for your permanent prosthetic, whether a denture, crown or some other tooth replacement option.
Dental implants are made of a strong titanium metal designed to last a lifetime. They have the same functionality and durability of a natural tooth. This means that people who have dental implants can enjoy all of the same foods other people can eat after the recovery period is complete.
Age is not a factor in determining someone’s eligibility for dental implants. Instead, it is a person’s bone structure, oral health, and general health that determine whether dental implants are right for them.
Once the healing phase is complete, dental implants do not require any special care beyond everyday brushing and flossing, as well as periodic dental check-ups.