Are Dental Implants Safe?


Dental implants are safe with a very high rate of success. Long-term studies of this restoration support the strong benefits that come from replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Working with our staff at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we can customize a treatment plan to restore the root system for one, two, multiple or even all of your teeth. Once a solid foundation has been established, we can then stabilize some different dental devices with the implant serving as an anchor or part of an anchor system.

Most dental implants are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible metal. Titanium has been noted for its strength and that the bone is willing to grow around it and heal. These attributes have made titanium the material of choice for repairs by surgeons for some procedures including hip surgery, knee surgery and more.

Besides titanium, there are limited ceramic zirconia options for dental implants. Zirconia is often called a metal-free option, though it does contain some metal. Patients often recognize zirconia as being more of a crystal material. This option may be more appropriate for patients who have metal sensitivity because it contains no nickel. Additionally, it may be a better option for patients who have lost significant tissue making the dark color of titanium metal more visible opposed to the white coloring of ceramic zirconia.

Implant Failure


Dental implants have a very high rate of success, in fact, they have been noted for being the best long-term dental restoration of any other restoration options. This is because teeth restored with implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, and their placement involves the rebuilding and strengthening of the bone for support. Long-term studies have shown a greater than 95% success rate with continuing high rates of success after ten years and more, in fact, many patients still retain their implants after more than thirty years of placement.

Some reasons for implant failure include:

•  Disease: A common type of bacterial infection in many adults is gum disease. We will want the patient to have gum disease or periodontitis under control before surgery. A bacterial infection in the mouth can be a source of infection at the surgical site.
•  Decreased Healing: There are many reasons a patient may not heal at a normal rate. This can include a medical problem such as diabetes, a medication they are taking, or if the patient smokes. We will want to help the patient increase their healing rate before surgery. This may include making changes to their daily habits or discussing changes with their physician.
•  Inadequate Bone: During the planning phase it is necessary to examine and evaluate the bone mass. For many patients, it will be necessary to bulk up the bone with a bone graft procedure.
•  Poor Planning: The surgery for placing a dental implant is simple, the planning is complex. You want to have your implant placed by someone who understands the planning process like our team at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery


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