Since 1965, professional dentists have relied on the same modern day dental implants used widely across the globe today. Currently, dental implants are one of the most common fixes for missing or damaged teeth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root secured into the jaw in order for a replacement tooth to be fitted properly.
The two main types of dental implants are endosteal, meaning in the bone, and subperiosteal, or on the bone. Endosteal implants are the most commonly used in reconstructive dental surgery. Screws, cylinders or blades are used to secure the implant into the mouth, while implants hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal implants sit on top of the bone, while metal is pushed through the gums to hold the false tooth. Because they are not screwed into existing bones, subperiosteal implants are not as secure.
Risks with dental implants
Although dental implants are widely used in the world of dentistry, patients should be aware of the associated risks prior to undergoing any procedure. Like all medical procedures, complications can occur:
- Damage to other teeth
- Sinus issues related to upper jaw implants
- Blood vessel damage
- Nerve damage, causing numbness or pain in other teeth, gums, lips or chin
Why undergo a dental implant procedure?
Unlike dentures, which have to be removed and cleaned outside of the mouth, implants act just like your natural teeth. Because the implant is attached to the jaw or fixed atop, prosthetic teeth stay in place.
For individuals with missing teeth who are self-conscious of their appearance, implants are a viable remedy to improve smile and overall appearance. As long as the patient has enough bone to secure the implants and a matured jawbone, endosteal implants are the most secure way to hold prosthetic teeth in place. If you’re unable to wear dentures or dislike the feel and look, implants are a permanent, natural-looking option.
Despite surgery risks, implants are safe procedures when conducted by a professional with experience. Dr. Herrmann has been practicing dentistry in South Florida since 1989 when he opened Assure A Smile. Dr. Herrmann is associated with the American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) and International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), among others.
To personally speak with Dr. Herrmann regarding your options for dental implants, call 305-274-0047 or schedule an appointment online.