Dental implants are surgically placed artificial tooth roots. As a dental patient, you are entitled to all the information you need to make an educated decision about your treatment. Dental implants have numerous benefits for patients who are missing teeth, but the devices also carry a few risks.
Dental implants have a success rate of more than 90 percent. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Secured to jaw bone
- Prevent bone loss
- Look like natural teeth
Dental implants are designed to function like a natural tooth. Tooth roots promote jawbone health. When you are missing teeth for an extended amount of time, jawbone begins to disintegrate. The result is a collapsed jaw leading to a distorted facial appearance. Dental implants maintain jawbone health by replacing the tooth root and fusing with the bone.
Like any surgical procedure, dental implants carry a certain degree of risk. Risks include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Sinus problems
- Trauma to existing teeth
- Nerve trauma
In the hands of an experienced implant dentist, the dental implant procedure is unlikely to lead to these complications. At Desert Smiles, Dr. Donald Wilcox, D.D.S., has the experience necessary to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Patients who are poor candidates for the procedure are more likely to experience complications.
If you are interested in dental implants in Phoenix, Arizona or the surrounding areas, please contact experienced implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation.