For patients with missing teeth, dental implant surgery may be recommended. Many patients ask the question: “Are dental implants safe?” Truthfully, dental implants are one of the most beneficial and successful tooth replacement options available. In fact, the success rate is approximately 98 percent when carefully and properly placed.
As an oral surgeon, Dr. Chris Tye, is a specialist at placing dental implants.
Dental Implant Safety Facts
Here’s what makes dental implant surgery a safe option:
- The implants are made from titanium which is biocompatible with the human body.
- Oral surgeons are highly trained for this type of procedure.
- Dental implants are the only tooth-replacement method that promotes natural bone regeneration.
- The success rate is nearly 100 percent.
The Making of a Successful Surgery
There are several key factors in a successful dental implant surgery: (1) the dentist and oral surgeon must decide if a patient is a suitable candidate, (2) the surgical team must be highly qualified and experienced, and (3) the post-operative recovery guidelines must be followed.
Suitable candidates for dental implants have good oral and overall health. Good oral health equates to healthy gums and teeth and an adequate amount of jawbone tissue to support the implant.
For patients who lack sufficient jawbone tissue, a bone graft can be performed to prepare for dental implant surgery.
These factors may also prevent you from getting a dental implant:
- Bite complications
- Being a smoker
- Specific medications
- Certain medical conditions
If you are interested in dental implant surgery, talk to an oral surgeon about your candidacy.
2. Choosing an oral surgeon
No other dental professional has the same training or expertise as an OMS. Oral surgeons have a degree in dental surgery along with four to six years of education and training and completion of a hospital-based residency. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Chris Tye, also has a medical degree and 20 years of experience.
A good oral surgeon will be happy to work closely with your general dentist. The dentist and OMS typically work together to create a personalized oral treatment plan. The general dentist understands your personal needs and helps determine the placement of the dental implant. The OMS will address any complex issues that arise and carry out the intricate procedure.
After dental implant surgery, patients should expect a four-to-six-month recovery period before having their abutment and restoration placed. The several days following the surgery will be fundamental to the success of the dental implant(s).
Be sure to follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon. These should include instructions for the first 24 hours and other common occurrences that are expected during the recovery process.
Schedule A Consultation
Dental implant surgery can be life changing. To learn if this procedure is right for you, schedule an initial consultation with an oral surgeon. Here’s what you can expect during the consultation:
- A thorough exam of your teeth, gums, and bone density
- Review of your medical history
- X-rays (3D or cone beam is best)
- Discussion about treatment options
To meet with our oral surgery specialist, call (817) 552-3223 today.