Many dental implant candidates want to know whether or not these implants are safe. At Lovett Dental Heights, we are proud of our success rate and consider this procedure to be very safe for the vast majority of candidates. This being said, there are certain conditions a patient must meet when considering the safety of dental implants. You will need to sit with our staff members and undergo an evaluation before the procedure is considered. At that time, you will also be able to ask any questions you may have. We want to make sure that you are completely comfortable with the process before proceeding. Learn more about some conditions that may not allow you to undergo dental implants by calling 832.780.4573. We will also cover some questions you may want to discuss with our staff.
Conditions to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants
For the majority of candidates, dental implants are extremely safe. This method has been in use for many years and has a high success. The anesthetic used is most often a localized one, which most patients tolerate well. Things to consider in advance include:
- Do you have healthy teeth and gums?
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or an immuno-compressed system?
- Are you irritated by certain metals, specifically copper, zinc, lead, nickel, or iron?
The implants are made of titanium, which is tolerated very well by the majority of people. If you have other fillings, you will need to discuss with us the possibility that they may not interact well with the titanium. We will then determine together what the next step will be. Heavy smokers are also encouraged to quit, as smoking may cause slower healing. This is also the case with conditions such as diabetes. Finally, any gum disease will need to be addressed before we can proceed.
Questions You May Want to Ask
Before you agree to a dental implant, you may want to ask some questions of our staff to help ease your fears. Some of the most often asked questions include a breakdown of how the process works, how much experience we have, what our success rate with dental implants has been, and if there is a chance you can speak to someone who has undergone the procedure. We will do everything possible to answer these and any other questions that you have.
Overall Safety of Dental Implants
The overall safety of dental implants is excellent. However, this is a surgical procedure and, with that being the case, there is some risk of infection. The chances of infection can be greatly reduced if you practice good oral hygiene and do exactly what your oral surgeon suggests with follow-up care. Those with healthy gums, strong bone structure in their jaw, and those who do not smoke are most likely to heal quickly and without complication. If you have a metal sensitivity or chronic illness, your dentist may discuss with you some other procedure that will be better suited. Know that we will not proceed with any procedure that we believe will put you or your health at risk. Your safety will always remain our top priority.
Are You Ready for Dental Implants?
If you are facing the need to replace one or more teeth, contact Lovett Dental Heights at 832.780.4573 and set up an evaluation with our staff to discuss whether or not dental implants are best for your situation. You can rest assured that if we suggest the procedure, your safety is our first concern and we will do everything possible to keep you both safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. Don’t let another day go by feeling self-conscious about your smile. We are here to help.