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Are Dental Implants Safe?

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The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure and as with any surgery there are risks involved. Dentists have been installing dental implants for decades now, and the technology in play has advanced by leaps and bounds.

Modern dental implants are now very sophisticated prosthetic devices designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Moore of Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Dental implants are one of the safest, strongest and most reliable methods of replacing missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth from the roots up. This allows recipients to again eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. They are permanent  and can last a lifetime with careful use and proper dental hygiene. They never need to be removed for cleaning or to be readjusted. And, because implants replace the roots of the tooth with a titanium screw, they bond to the bone tissue, preventing bone loss and promoting the growth of healthy new bone.

Risks Of Dental Implants

Although problems with modern dental implants are usually minor and easily remedied, there can still be complications. These risks include:

  • Infection of the surgical site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus issues
  • Allergies to implant materials

Working with a skilled and knowledgeable dentist like Dr. Moore at Charlotte Center for Complete dentistry means that your implant surgery has a much smaller risk of problems.

For patients that have been missing teeth for some time, jaw bone tissue may have eroded. This makes placing implants difficult as they require healthy bone tissue to be secure in the jaw. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary in order to receive an implant.

Bone grafts are an additional surgical procedure that involves harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. Bone grafts can strengthen the tissue of the jaw to support stable implants.  However, these procedures are additional surgeries they are accompanied by their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation time.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95% but this rate can vary depending on factors such as the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, and the methods used.

However, when performed by a skilled dentist like Dr. Moore, using cutting edge technology, they are inherently safe. When patients practice routine dental hygiene and receive regular dental examinations to keep the surrounding jaw, gums and teeth healthy, implants can last for decades.

Dental Implants in Charlotte, NC

If you are missing teeth or have teeth that are severely damaged, implants may be the ideal dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Charlotte, NC area, please call (704) 275-5323 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moore to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!