Dental implants are one of the most natural, effective and safe ways to restore one or more teeth. A dental implant is a titanium root form is used to support a prosthetic tooth. Patients with dental implants can eat, drink, and brush their implants just like they do their own natural teeth. Dental implants have one of the highest success rates and most predictable results of any dental procedure. However, as with other surgical procedures, complications can occur.
Some patients may experience infections, which can usually be easily controlled with antibiotics and other medications. Damage to adjacent teeth, nearby tooth roots or sinuses can occur. Nerve damage can lead to pain, tingling or numbing sensations. If the jawbone lacks proper bone density, the procedure may not be able to be completed as intended, and fractures can occur, which can be temporary or chronic. In rare cases, the dental implant may fail.
Complications are extremely uncommon and are more likely to occur in those who smoke or who have certain medical conditions. If you are interested in dental implants, speak to our dentist about your current health status so that we can help you make the best choices for your situation. You may need to ensure your blood sugar levels, blood pressure and other health issues are well controlled before undergoing the implant procedures. If you smoke, we may request that you quit before the procedure and during your healing period.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles dental implant specialist.