If you’re missing one or more teeth then you may be considering implant-based restorations as a solution. Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options because of their natural look. However because they involve surgery you may be wondering “are dental implants safe and are they really for me?
Generally, dental implants are considered safe, so much so that over 3 million are placed every single year! However, like any type of surgery, complications can arise such as infection, bleeding, damage to the nerves and injuries to the nasal and sinus cavities.
Here are some other factors you might want to consider:
• Timescale – the tooth implant procedure isn’t a quick process and involves multiple steps including a 2-4 month healing time. This allows for the bone to fuse with the implant. If you’re seeking a quick fix solution, then you may also want to consider other options.
• Good health – The most successful outcomes for dental implants typically occur in patients that have good overall health. That’s not to say that health issues will rule out your chances of getting implants, but certain medical conditions such as diabetes and lifestyle choices such as smoking, are known to impact the all-important bone fusion process, putting your implants at risk.
• Commitment – Another key to successful dental implants is your level of commitment. Dental implant surgery recovery is a vital stage of the implant procedure. Therefore it’s vital that you follow any after care instructions that have been given as well as complete any courses of antibiotics. Failure to do so could mean that the implant site is subject to infection which in turn could cause the implant to fail.
• Additional dental work – Every implant case is different and it may be that you don’t have sufficient bone to support implants. This being the case your dentist may suggest preliminary dental work such as a bone graft. Alternatively your sinus cavity may also have to be lifted especially if its enlarged and encroaching into the area which needs a bone graft. Both will add more time and expense to the process.
• They don’t come cheap – While cost should never be the only consideration, teeth implants cost is often stumbling block for many since you can expect to pay from between $2850 to $7000 for a single implant with a crown. While some dental insurances will cover implants, many won’t. Therefore, initial outlay is something you need to be aware of. Fortunately most dental clinics offer a variety of payment plans to help you spread the cost.
Despite the above considerations, not only are dental implants safe and reliable for adults, they have the ability to significantly improve a person’s overall quality of life. And who doesn’t want that?
Are you ready to take the first step to replacing your missing teeth? Call Smile Gallery today on (03) 8595 2632 to book a no obligation consultation to discuss your options.