Are Dental Implants Safe in the Long Run?

Are Dental Implants Safe in the Long Run?

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Dental implants dramatically improve your ability to eat, speak, and enjoy life after losing your natural teeth. However, many patients worry that there may be safety issues in the long run. Fortunately, dental implants have proven their safety and effectiveness over the last several decades, with millions of patients worldwide enjoying their stability and beauty. The success rate of dental implants is around 98%, even after 25 years.

Implant Materials

Most dental implants are made of titanium, a metal alloy that does not corrode and is biocompatible with your body. It is durable, does not trigger allergic reactions, and is accepted by your jawbone as though it is a natural tooth’s root. Over several months following implantation, your jawbone, and the dental implant fuse together, creating an incredibly strong bond. Zirconia implants are available in the rare instance where titanium is not appropriate, or an individual is sensitive to the metal.

Materials such as body-friendly plastic, ceramic, and porcelain are used to create your replacement teeth. These are highly durable and do not cause allergic reactions. The portion of dental implants above the gum line, whether a crown or a dental prosthetic, is also non-toxic. With routine dental care, including proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, your implants and restorations can last for decades without complications.

Less Chance of Irritation or Complications

Although the initial implant surgery is minimally invasive, once healing takes place, there is no additional irritation. The implants do not shift, break, or corrode, so there is no risk of damage to the jawbone.

Unlike dental bridges and dentures that have to be removed, dental implants and restorations do not irritate your jawbone or the mouth’s soft tissues, reducing the chance of injury, inflammation, and infection. Food debris can’t get caught under the implants or restorations, so you don’t have to worry about damage to your gums or infection from trapped food particles.

Advantages of Dental Implants

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There are many advantages to dental implants, including their longevity. The typical implant lasts 25 years or more with no complications. Other benefits include:

  • Restored ability to chew and speak clearly
  • Preservation of facial contours
  • Preserves jawbone and gum health
  • Provides stability to surrounding teeth
  • Tooth restorations do not develop cavities

In the long run, dental implants are not only safe, but they are also the best solution for missing teeth for most patients. Patients who do not get dental implants run a higher risk of dental problems over time than patients who have implants. Without dental implants, the jawbone will deteriorate, giving the face a sunken, prematurely aged appearance. Dentures rest on top of the gums and cause irritation that can lead to sores and infection. If not properly fitted, they can also lead to bite problems that interfere with eating.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help restore your ability to eat, smile, and enjoy the foods you love, contact us at Warren Oral Surgery Phone Number 908-222-7922 for a consultation.

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