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What to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

by Dr. Christiana Onisiforou – Prosthodontist

Dental implants stand out as a leading solution for restoring missing teeth, offering durability and a natural look. While they enjoy popularity, it’s essential to recognize that dental implants may not be suitable for every patient. Under specific circumstances, implants might be contraindicated, emphasizing the importance of individualized considerations.

How do dental implants work?

The implant procedure involves multiple steps.
  • A rod made of titanium is surgically implanted in the jaw to replace the roots of the missing tooth.
  • The implant fuses completely with the jawbone during the process of osseointegration, which takes several months.
  • A tooth prosthesis is crafted and connected to the implant by means of an abutment.
Once the implant is osseointegrated and the prosthesis is placed, you should be able to go back to eating the foods you want. Your implant should look and feel just like a real tooth, and you can take care of it as you would your natural teeth.

What do you need to consider before having dental implants?

Dental implants may not be right for everyone. There are some things you need to think about and discuss with your dental specialist before making your decision.

  • Oral health and hygiene: Factors like smoking can pose challenges to postoperative healing, often requiring patients to quit smoking at least three months before surgery to minimize complications. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential to avoid potential infections that could lead to implant failure.
  • Bone density: The issue of bone density is also significant, as the jawbone tends to lose density after tooth loss. While inadequate bone may not automatically disqualify a candidate, a supplementary bone graft procedure might be necessary.
  • Risks and benefits: As with any surgical procedure, dental implant surgery carries inherent risks such as allergic reactions, bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. Implant failure is another potential risk, though it’s noteworthy that dental implant surgery boasts a high success rate of 95%, with serious complications being rare, according to the American Dental Association. In most cases, the benefits of restoring both the aesthetic and functional aspects of a full set of teeth outweigh the associated risks for patients.

In conclusion, dental implants can be a life-changing solution for those seeking to restore their smile and dental function. By carefully considering factors such as overall oral health, bone density, risks and benefits, consultation with your dental specialist, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your individual needs and circumstances.

Remember, a healthy and beautiful smile begins with thoughtful consideration and a partnership with our dental care team. Contact our clinic “Art of Advanced Dentistry” to schedule your dental implant consultation at +357 25 586250 or fill the form on our contact page.