Are Dental Implants Safe?

If you go to the dentist with a missing or damaged tooth, they are most likely going to suggest that the best solution is a dental implant. There are a few situations when an alternative treatment is considered, such as a jawbone not strong enough to support the implant, but dental implants are far and away considered the best way to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Despite the popularity of the procedure, at San Diego Dental Specialty Center we still frequently get asked questions about the safety of dental implants. So are dental implants safe?

If you have any questions about dental implants and are worried about the procedure, contact San Diego Dental Specialty Center by calling (619) 272-6246.


The Dangers of Not Replacing a Missing Tooth

Before we get into the relative safety of dental implants, first let’s discuss the dangers of not replacing a missing tooth at all. Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to jaw and mouth problems, as your jaw will close differently. Also, your intact teeth will begin to drift towards the gap, affecting your ability to properly chew and make you unable to eat certain foods. The gap is also a magnet for bits of food, trapping the food and leading to bacteria growth and the development of gum disease. Finally, if you are missing a tooth the supporting portion of the jawbone begins to dissolve and lose strength.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are absolutely safe. Like any medical procedure there are some inherent risks, but overall the methodology and safety protocol for dental implants has been meticulously formulated over years of placing dental implants. You can go into your dental implant procedure without any fear or worry.

The Risk in Seeing an Inexperienced Dental Implant Specialist

In general, dental implants are a safe and easy way to replace missing teeth, with little to no risk involved. The procedure is completely safe and free of risk if performed by a dental implant expert. However, if you go to an inexperienced and cheap dental implant specialist, there are a few risks to the procedure, mostly stemming from inattention to detail and poorly placed dental implants.

Infection Caused By a Lazy Dental Implant Specialist

The dental implant site could become infected, as is the case with any medical procedure. However, dental implant specialists should take care to keep the implant site clean and sanitary so no infection occurs.

Nerve Damage Caused By an Inexperienced Implant Specialist

Going to an inexperienced dental implant specialist raises the risk of causing nerve damage during placement of the implant. This can lead to pain and numbness, but should not be an issue for a dental implant expert with years of experience.

Injury to Surrounding Teeth, Blood Vessels, or the Sinuses Caused By a Poorly Placed Implant

If the implant is poorly placed, there is the possibility it could cause damage to surrounding teeth, blood vessels, or the sinuses.

Safe Dental Implants With Dental Implant Experts in San Diego

Most of the risk associated with dental implants can be avoided if you choose a dental implant specialist with the experience and skill to make sure the job is done right. San Diego Dental Specialty Center is home to the best dental implant specialists in town, providing patients with impeccably placed dental implants with little to no risk involved. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling (619) 263-6683.