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Are Dental Implants Safe?

You may be contemplating undergoing dental implants in Richmond, or anywhere else in the UK and want to know whether they’re a safe option and what are the risks involved. The truth is that like any kind of complex surgery, there’s always going to be some kind of risk element, so let’s take a look.

Success rates


The first thing to point out about dental implant surgery is that the success rates (that is the percentage upon which the implants stay secured into the jaw without any problems) runs at somewhere between 90% and 95%. Clearly this depends upon a lot of factors such as bone health, the confidence and skill of the dental surgeon, the type of implant used and the continued upkeep of oral hygiene by the patient. If any of the above fall short, then there is indeed an element of risk.


What about allergies?

The majority of implants in the UK and throughout the world are made of titanium. The reason for this is that it’s non-allergenic and doesn’t react with the human body when placed inside. It’s also been successfully used in hip-replacement operations for many years as it doesn’t decay. In addition, it’s one of the very few substances that bone likes, and as such can bring about the process of fusion or osseointegration. Having said that, there may well be cheaper implants that are used abroad which contain cheaper metals and may or may not bring about some kind of allergic reaction.


Implant failure

As already discussed, success rates run at about 90-95% when it comes to dental implants. In Richmond for example, Sheen Dental have a high level of success and have been fitting implants for many years. However no surgery can guarantee 100% success and circumstances such as bacteria build up in the mouth of the patient prior to fitting, cross contamination of the implant itself or slow or insufficient bone integration can cause implant failure. On most occasions, procedures and checks are put in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen.

On the whole implants are considered safe and as such the risk element is greatly reduced. For the majority of people who receive treatment (this can run into tens of thousands every year) they are extremely pleased with the outcome and the happiness that receiving well fitting implants can bring far outweighs the small element of risk.

If you want to know more about a dental implant in Richmond, then you need to speak to Sheen Dental. Our Highly skilled team have been successfully carrying out varying types of cosmetic, restorative and preventative dentistry including implants for many years. Why not call us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk .You’ll be glad that you did!

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