What Are the Risks Associated with Dental Implants?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Dental implants placed by Glendale cosmetic dentistry specialist Dr. Donald Wilcox continue to be the most efficient and practical solution to cracked and missing teeth for his Phoenix-area patients.

But like any surgery, there are risks for patients to consider.

In many cases, how well a person's gums and jaw accept a dental implant is largely dependent on extenuating health factors. There are some drugs, for instance, that can negatively impact osseointegration, which is essential to implant health and function. Among them are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are primarily used to treat depression. These drugs can reduce the speed of bone formation and increase the chance of bone fracturing.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the other primary risks associated with dental implants:

  • Implant location infection
  • Damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, nerves or muscle tissue
  • Implants placed near sinus cavities have the potential to spur sinus problems

Despite these risks, the dental implant process is widely considered safe for those patients who qualify for the procedure. When there are complications, they are usually easily treated and resolved.

The best way to determine whether implants are the right restorative dentistry treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox, who proudly serves patients from the Greater Phoenix Area: 602-978-1790.