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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Success Rates and Risks of Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implant treatment is credited with a high rate of success, and is very popular because of its minimal side effects. Dental implants are made of titanium alloy, which is easily accepted by the body and is not associated with any kind of harmful reaction.
Successful dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime. When implants are fixed to natural bone, the success rate is higher i.e. around 95% compared to patients who have had bone grafts, where success rate is reported as 85 or 90%.
The success rate also depends on the area of the jaw where the procedure is carried out – the front part of the lower jaw has a success rate of 98%, with slightly lower rates for the other parts of the mouth.
Studies report 90 to 95% success rates for the front part of the upper jaw; the lowest success rates – 85 to 95% are for the back part of the mouth, both in the upper and lower jaw.
Complications Associated with Dental Implants
  • Just as in any other type of surgery, patients may experience general complications such as an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia, bleeding or infection.
  • Soreness and inflammation might occur in the treatment site, which can be treated with Paracetamol, ibuprofen or other over the counter painkillers.
  • There are many important nerves in the front part of the jaw and these shouldn’t be affected when the implants are inserted. Any interference with these nerves might result in complications such as tingling and numbness in the face. However, the possibility for this is minimized since the dentist usually utilizes multiple X-rays, or a CT scan to identify the actual positions of the nerves.
Any complications associated with dental implant treatment depends on the specific type of implant treatment, the patient’s general lifestyle and general health.
Implant Longevity
Dental implants have a success rate of ninety-five percent and these are long lasting and fully functional in patients who follow a healthy lifestyle. Smokers and drinkers are at an increased risk of dental implant failure.
Good oral hygiene is inevitable if the implants are to last for many years. The patients have to follow all the instructions provided by the dentist and take proper care of their implants. In addition, regular visits to the dentist will also ensure that the implant crowns are securely in position and fully functional.
Find an Experienced Dental Surgeon
It is best to have the dental implant procedure done by an experienced dental surgeon providing services at a reputable dental clinic, preferably one that is recommended by former patients.
A good dental surgeon will be sensitive to the patients’ requirements and provide a dedicated service. He/she will also provide all details about the procedure, the success rate and risks involved, so that the patients can decide whether they want to go ahead with the dental implant procedure.
Dental implants integrate with the bone easily, giving the patient the advantage of strong replacement teeth.
Dental implants have a very high success rate, though mild complications might occur depending on the patient’s health, the area of the jaw where the implants are placed and other health related factors. However, any flaw can be addressed effectively by an experienced dental surgeon and the patients can benefit from more positive outcomes.

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