Dental Implant Risks By drednarcisi on July 23, 2011

When you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important that you undergo some form of dental care treatment in order to restore the appearance of your smile and the overall health of your mouth. Even just one missing tooth can make your smile look less appealing. On top of that, there are a number of dental health problems that are not immediately perceptible. For one, bone loss and gum recession are common in the gap where a tooth is missing. And, if not addressed in time, a person’s remaining teeth can shift out of place.

Dental Implants Information

When people with missing come to the Pittsburgh cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Edward Narcisi, he will assess their candidacy for a number of treatments. One such treatment is dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed to hold dental restorations in place, such as dental bridges or dentures. Now, there are many benefits to getting dental implants, but there are also risks that patients need to be aware of as well. Let’s take a look at these risks so you have a realistic expectation of what the treatment involves, both positive and negative.

Risk #1 - Implant Rejection

One of the biggest risks of getting Monroeville dental implants is poor healing and implant rejection. During the healing period, a process known as osseointegration is supposed to occur over the course of a few months. This means the fusion the dental implants with the jawbone and gum tissue to ensure a sturdy hold. If the implants are rejected, then they will not be able to support any dental restorations and a repeat procedure may be required. Similarly, if the implants do not heal properly, they will be in no state to hold dental restorations in place.

Risk #2 - Poor Candidacy

Another risk of implant dentistry is the risk of poor candidacy. Not all patients can receive dental implants, and this may be due to bone loss or severe gum recession. In some cases, a bone grafting surgery or gum augmentation procedure can help someone become eligible for dental implants, but that’s on a case by case basis.

With all this in mind, there are still many great benefits to dental implants. When in place, they will function just as normal tooth roots would. To learn more about dental implants as well as Pittsburgh porcelain veneers and other dental treatments, be sure to contact our practice today.

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Dr. Edward Narcisi, DMD

Edward Narcisi, DMD

Dr. Narcisi is devoted to helping patients achieve stunning, healthy smiles through comprehensive dental care. He is a member of many prestigious associations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 
  • Academy of Osseointegration 

To schedule a consultation at the Center for Dental Excellence, request an appointment online or call us at (412) 373-9447.

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