Dental implants are one of the most reliable options when it comes to tooth replacement.
However, because dental implants are, well, implanted into the gum tissue and the jawbone, many are concerned about its reliability and just how successful the procedure is.
You can be reassured that dental implant surgery is, in fact, safe and reliable. In fact, thousands today have at least one dental implant.
The current dental implant success rate is 98 percent.
Those apart of the slim two-percent group do not have successful procedures or healing processes typically because of an infection, lack of oral care, or weak gums and/or jawbone. Those with certain diseases or conditions may also be at risk of their implant rejecting from their mouth.
Many of these complications, however, can easily be corrected.
In severe cases, a dentist will need to remove your implant.
It’s very rare, however, that the mouth will reject an implant or that the surgery will be a general failure. Oral surgeons are highly knowledgable in their field. Thus, it’s fairly safe to say that you will have a successful surgery.
The surgery is sterile, and patients will receive anesthesia and/or sedative to keep calm and pain-free during the process. Pain, of course, will be felt after the procedure. Fortunately, various pain-relieving medications can be used in addition to other means of pain relief (ice packs, saltwater soaks, etc.).
After the procedure is when the patient will want to pay extra attention to their general oral health. With the cost of receiving a dental implant, one should not take recovery lightly. This is especially true if they plan on having a successful healing process.
In fact, many of those who have complications after dental implant placement fail to correctly care for their oral health. Even failing to care for their oral health long after the procedure, a dental implant (just like any other natural tooth in the mouth) cannot thrive in an unhealthy environment. For that reason, don’t slack on your oral hygiene routine!
Keeping your dental implant healthy is a must. Otherwise, this may make you apart of that 2-percent group we were talking about earlier. It’s vital to follow directions post-surgery regarding what to eat and drink and how to care for your implant in general.
While a dentist or oral surgeon can let you know if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant, it’s primarily up to you to take control of your oral health before and after a dental implant surgery. The last thing one would want is to have their implant removed or having to have more expensive procedures in the future because they didn’t comply with post-surgery instructions.