Risks in Getting Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium screw-like device that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and restored with a porcelain crown. This procedure usually takes several weeks or even months to complete, because the jawbone must heal around the implant before it can be permanently restored. Implants are considered one of the safest and most predictable treatments in modern dentistry. However, as with any medical or dental procedure, there can be some risks.
1. Tenderness, swelling and localized pain
You may experience some post-operative discomfort after any surgical procedure. This is most common in the days immediately following the dental implants procedure. It is also usually short-lived and self-limiting. Use medications as prescribed to alleviate your discomfort if necessary.
Infection is a risk that is associated with any surgical procedure. Infections with dental implants are rare and can nearly always be prevented by good dental practices. Brush and floss exactly as recommended after placement, and use any special mouthwash as prescribed. You will also need to return to our office periodically to ensure that you are healing as expected.
3. Delayed healing
Smoking, diabetes and other systemic conditions can cause delayed healing with any surgical procedure, including dental implants. Having good control of your health and quitting smoking before your implants are placed can dramatically decrease the risk. However, studies have shown that even though healing may be delayed in those with diabetes, most implants heal with time and can continue to offer service for many years.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental implants surgery in Los Angeles.
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