Dental Implants may be the ideal solution for missing teeth, however there are also risks associated with this procedure as stated below:
Surgical risks include:
- Post surgical infection, bleeding, swelling, pain
- Spasms, bone fracture, TMJ injuries
- Poor healing, temporary numbness of the lip, chin or tongue
Prosthetic risks include:
- Unsuccessful integration of the implant with the bone
- Fracture of implant components
What do you expect after surgery?
There will be some discomfort after implant placement, similar to extraction of a tooth. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling. Do finish the prescribed painkiller and anti-swelling medications. You should brush your teeth but to avoid the surgical area for the first two weeks. If there is pus, swelling or sharp pain developing in that area, do call us to see the dentist for review.
When can i resume my normal activities?
Most people return to work within a day or two after the surgery. Please stick to soft diet after the surgery and avoid brushing the surgical area for the first two weeks. It is normal for the stitches to be dislodged during the first few days. If you are an existing denture wearer, your denture may need to be adjusted to ensure a better fit during this interim period.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Dental implants have been in use for over thirty years. The long term success rate is reported to be as high as 95%. However, smoking and some medical conditions, such as diabetes, will compromise wound healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
How long do implants last?
Implants can fail if you do not practise proper oral hygiene techniques. As such, it is important for you to visit your Dentist at least twice a year to assess your overall oral hygiene condition and the implant stability. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups will help to ensure the long term success of your impants.