3 Key Risks and 3 Key Benefits of Dental Implants
Losing your teeth is a difficulty that can impact your emotional well-being as well as your oral health. If you are suffering from tooth loss, it’s time to take back your smile. By learning about the risks and benefits of dental implants, you can make an informed decision about your dental restoration options.
At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we offer state-of-the-art dental implants to help restore the function, health, and stability of your teeth. Dr. Alex Hecht and his son Dr. Jason Hecht are located in Staten Island, NY, and would like to go over key risk and benefits of this tooth loss treatment option.
3 Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants are the strongest and most supportive dental restoration option. They can improve your oral health and overall quality of life by giving you back the function and appearance of your smile.
Dental Implants are Long-Lasting
With proper maintenance, dental implants are designed to last you a significantly long time. Studies show that 90-95% of implants last longer than 10 years. While the implants themselves are meant to be permanent, occasionally replacing crowns is part of taking care of the apparatus. Crowns should only need to be replaced when they are worn out after 15-20 years.
Proven Oral Health Technology
Before the use of dental implants, dentures and bridges were common tooth replacements. Neither of these options offers permanent solutions to tooth loss. Over the last 30 years, dental implants have become increasingly popular options due to their high success rate. The procedure is also trusted, predictable, and presents relatively few complications.
Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Tooth loss can cause your jaw to shrink and change shape. Dental implants prevent this from occurring by providing your jawbone with the support structure necessary for maintaining its density. Crowns and bridges do not offer the same support for jawbone density.
3 Risks of Dental Implants
Like any oral surgery, dental implants come with risks. Since implant dentistry is a highly technical field, it is important to see an experienced doctor whom you trust. Our dentists have served Staten Island, NY, for over 30 years.
In order for your implant to function properly, osseointegration must occur. This is when your bone fuses to the implant making it structurally sound. If this process fails, the implant will not be held in place and may fall out or need to be removed.
The key to avoiding osseointegration failure is the ensure you have enough jawbone density before the procedure. Our dentists will check for this during your initial consultation. If your jawbone has deteriorated too much, we may recommend bone grafting before the implant placement.
Like with any other surgery, the surgical site of the implant is at risk for infection. To minimize this risk, our dental team will follow all of the proper protocols during the procedure to protect the surgical site. Then, we will provide you with all the necessary care instructions to keep your incisions clean after your procedure.
Since your upper jaw is situated just below your nasal sinuses, it is possible for the implant to push too far into the sinus, causing discomfort or infection. This issue is uncommon but should still be considered.
One of the best ways to avoid sinus damage from dental implant surgery is to choose an experienced and trusted dentist.
Discover If Dental Implants Are Right for You
Located in Staten Island, NY, Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht offer free consultations and a wide range of dental implant options. Our office also offers flexible financing options so you can create a financial plan customized to fit your needs. To restore your smile, schedule an appointment or call us at (718) 705-4434.