Dental implants; Are there associated risks?
Should I choose the dental implants? Or are there other options?
One of the major questions that the dental professionals face is related to the dental implant procedure. Most of the people tend to get confused between the dental implants and the bridgework. While this is a common mistake, the two procedures do not fix the same problem. Dental implants usually give the patients that natural teeth look. They are quite reliable and functional. The dental implants are usually fixed directly in the jaw bone that is why they are permanent and stable. The bridgework on the other hand works as a tooth replacement.
Yeah, there have been reports that suggest that the dental implants may pose some risks. But the reports are to be confirmed. What is known for a fact is that the dental implants do not pose any gum damage or tooth decay. This does not however refute the claims of the different patients who have reported side effects like;
- Nerve damage which most of the time resulting to numbness
- There are some people who may experience sinus problems especially if the implants have been placed in the upper jaw
You need to consult a qualified dentist who will give you the required information relate to the type of implants will be best suited for you.
How to prepare
When it comes to the dental procedure, you will need to prepare yourself as you will make different visits to the dentist. The first visit to the dentist will be for evaluation. The dentist shall evaluate your teeth and the jaw condition. It is at this time when they will tell you if you are eligible or not.
You should make sure that you have informed your dentist of any medical conditions that you may have and any medications that you are taking- this includes the prescription, supplements and over the counter medication. This will enable the dentist the information needed to prevent any infections that may occur in the future.
You still need to maintain a good oral hygiene after the procedure. You should allow the area to heal completely before you can resume your normal eating habits. Usually the dentist shall inform you at what point you should begin to eat the normal foods.
The process may be expensive due to the different sessions. You should therefore consult if the dental clinic accepts the different insurance payment.