Dental implants are safe and effective when a dentist experienced with these restorations is providing your care. These teeth replacements have been utilized by dentists across the world for generations, providing millions of people with an effective, long-lasting way to restore their smiles.
In general, yes, dental implants are safe. But in order for them to be a viable option, you must first choose an experienced implant dentist and then make sure you are a good candidate. To schedule a consultation to learn more, please call one of our four office locations in Omaha, NE: Hillsborough, 402-445-4647, Ralston, 402-733-4441, Village Pointe, 402-505-7474, Dundee, 402-502-5593.
Dental Implant Basics
There is nothing inherently unsafe about implant dentistry. On the contrary, dental implants mimic the presence of a natural tooth. Their presence in the bone beneath your gums prevents that bone from re-sorbing and shrinking, which is a good thing! As bone beneath the site of a missing tooth shrinks, the gums and lips may lose support and your facial shape may look aged as a result.
Here are a few features of dental implants related to function, safety and effectiveness:
- Dental implants have a success rate of roughly 95 percent, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Titanium used to fabricate dental implants is biocompatible, so it does not harm living tissue
- Dental implants fuse with the bone in which they are embedded, forming a secure bond
Of course with any tooth replacement option, you must weigh the risks against the benefits. In this regard, implant dentistry risks are actually quite minimal when weighed against the benefits, which include:
- Dental implants tend to last for decades and have the potential to last a lifetime
- Dental implants provide a secure foundation for chewing and biting
- Dental implants do not slip or slide around in your mouth – they are securely embedded
- Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth
- Dental implants don’t require any special maintenance; just brushing and flossing
Of course as is the case with any dentistry treatment, our dentists want to help you decide if dental implants are right for you as an individual. For something as important as your smile and oral health, a one-size-fits-all approach is not recommended.
How To Make Sure You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
People who good candidates to receive dental work are usually good candidates for implants. But a consultation with our dentists is necessary to determine your candidacy for sure. Candidacy factors include:
- Your dental history
- Your health history
- How many teeth are missing
- Your expectations of tooth replacement
- Your expectations of cost, longevity and low vs. high maintenance
You must be a good candidate in order for the dental implants to be a successful option that will serve you well in the decades ahead. Our experienced dentists know what to look for, in terms of disqualifying factors, and advise you of alternatives under those circumstances.
Schedule a Consultation in Omaha Today
If you or a family member is interested in dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, we invite you to call us at one of our four office locations in Omaha: Hillsborough, 402-445-4647, Ralston, 402-733-4441, Village Pointe, 402-505-7474, Dundee, 402-502-5593.