Dental Implants At A Glance
A dental implant operation may seem initially intimidating to an inexperienced patient. Your dentist is going to be making an incision into your gums, drilling into your jawbone, and securing a piece of metal to basically act as a tooth replacement. All of these can add up to be really overwhelming and might make you question the safety of the procedure as well as how much pain you might experience. That’s completely understandable.
However, patients can rest assured they are in good hands today as dental scientists have been working towards developing safer methods of surgery to prevent chances of infection or damages from arising after a dental implant procedure. With the right tools and proper application of implant devices, your procedure should go smoothly when performed by a qualified individual.
See what the AAID has to say about the importance of choosing the right dental expert to ensure the best results with your dental implant:
“Dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry when performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist. A dental implant is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth, and it allows your replacement teeth to feel, look and work naturally. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth.”
The Technology Developments of Dental Implants
Throughout the years, the dental implant procedure has slowly adjusted from offering two methods of implantation to a common single method. By focusing more research in this area, dental experts have been able to develop better technology for the procedure and simple protocols to avoid issues throughout or after the surgery.
Some examples of the technology dental professionals use today include special titanium posts that are screwed into the patient’s jaw. Unlike normal metal, these special posts are designed to be highly compatible with the human body allowing the jawbone to quickly heal around the new implant and provide a more secure post for an artificial crown to be placed on.
The crown material available to dental health providers today is also composed of an impressive collection of technology designed to look and perform like natural teeth without being prone to easy damage.
Here’s what Dr. Balogh has to say about how certain materials are proving to be successfully used in dental implant operations and promoting high safety rates with patients:
“Today, well over 95% of the dental implants placed are titanium alloys. There are literally hundreds of implant companies and systems worldwide and when scientific and surgical protocols are followed, the success of these implants are all well over 98% even after 10 years. Since titanium dental implants have been in use, there has not been one report of an allergy or reaction to the metal itself.”
Dental Implants: The Application Method
How safe is the actual implantation process? Well, in the past decade, dental health experts have collaborated to determine the safety standards of multiple implant methods. The two main methods include endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
With endosteal implants, the implant device is placed into the jawbone rather than on top of it and is screw-like in its shape. The unique shape of the endosteal implant allows it to easily screw into the jawbone thus making it more stabilized and is the most common type of implant used.
The subperiosteal implant is the opposite; instead, the implant rests on top of the jawbone underneath the gums. This type of implant is not often used because it isn’t as secure as an endosteal implant, but is a better option for patients with a shallow jawbone because they won’t have to experience potential sinus issues from drilling into the maxillary sinus.
The Aftermath Of Dental Implants
Considering the impressive safety precautions that dental experts take during dental implant procedures, it’s pretty common for patients to come out of the operation feeling only acute pain and facing no serious damages to their dental health. However, after the procedure is over, most of the success of the operation depends on the patient. To avoid getting infections, diseases, or increased pain, patients will need to follow the post-surgical steps recommended by their dentist to have a safe recovery.
If experiencing painful or prolonged systems, follow the dental implant advice of Burke Dental:
“Any prolonged, enhanced, or extensive symptoms should be immediately reported to your dentist as severe side effects could mean that there is an infection or other complication that does require professional intervention.”
Learn more about dental implant safety with Dentistry Plus in their video that walks through the dental implant advice compared to other options.
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