Dental implants have been a viable method of replacing teeth for over 50 years now and have a high success rate when performed by a qualified dental practitioner on a healthy patient. Like many medical procedures, there is a general degree of risk associated with dental implants, that's why a lot of people going into the procedure want to know - are dental implants safe?
As a qualified dentist, you must ensure all patients meet a certain health standard that determines their eligibility for the procedure. For patients with a high-risk factor, the potential cause of alarm should be broken down to the patient and their alternative options presented to them.
Other patients will display hypersensitivity to specific materials used for implants especially the metals integrated with titanium to form an alloy: nickel, copper, gold, iron, zinc or lead. Smokers are also in the high-risk category as the implants do not readily integrate with their bone structure and are generally unable to maintain high standard in oral hygiene.
For low-risk dental implant patients, their gums are in pristine condition and their bone structure has enough density to offer long term support to the entire implant structure.
The dental implant procedure is considerably complex and takes multiple phases to have its parts fully integrated into the dental formula. This means the process requires several months of recovery time and close monitoring in case of any arising complications. Patients with prior knowledge of this will seek out the most qualified dentists based on their success rate and experience. Having strategic tools for the procedure minimizes the risk for any errors and improves your precision for the surgery leading to lesser recovery time.
Futuristic tools provided by Cortex such as:
- Surgical Premium Kit Conical Connection + Torque and the rich variety of implants ranging from Easy2Fix integrated system
- post-extraction Saturn implants
- Classix and Smart 1Piece implants not only bring the ultimate convenience during surgery but also guarantees the safety of the patient during and after dental implant surgery.
Titanium is a preferred material for dental implants because of its biocompatible nature. Despite this, severe inflammatory conditions may get too acidic causing the implant to corrode. If a patient’s mouth has other metals installed, such inflammation could lead to galvanic corrosion as a result of titanium interacting with such metals. It is therefore important to check for other installations in a patient’s mouth and explaining this eventuality in detail.
Other complications recorded for implants are infections and damage of nerves. We insist that you ensure patients have fully healed before proceeding to the next phase in the implant procedure to prevent this. For our long range of drills including 1.5mm starter drills , Conical Drill dia 5.4mm for implant dia. 6.0mm, Easy2Fix guided spear 1.5mm and many more, we provide precise stoppers such as the Stopper Length 6mm for drill Dia.2mm, Stopper Length 16mm for drill Dia.2mm and many others to make sure drilling is regulated not to affect the nerves or bone structure.
A dentist should be extra keen on any prevailing health conditions that may limit the patient’s body capability to heal naturally. Such may include degradation of their bones, diabetes or even cancer.
Safety of Dental Implants
Dental implants have recorded over 95% success rate in the past few decades and continue to be perfected especially with the rise of advanced medical technology used by Cortex to avail top of the line dental products. So, are dental implants safe? Yes, dental implants are perfectly safe under the perceptive eye of a skillful dentist and continue to be the most recommendable tooth replacement option.
Q: I've been thinking about getting dental implants for a while? I am putting it off though because I've heard that they sometimes don't take. Is this true?
A: If you are working with no teeth, then you will have to get a stud implanted in the gums. This is so that the teeth have a steady base. It may not take the first time, so you will have to try again. However, there is no real harm in trying.
Q: Which are safer- veneers or dental implants? I want to make the most informed decision.
A: Veneers work with teeth you already have. They are generally good for people that have healthy teeth but they are very misshaped. These people will benefit from getting veneers with low risk.
Dental implants are a little more risky because you will have to work with your gums and bones. Dental implants though can be a great way for people who have lost their teeth to regain their smiles.