Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are the most advanced method for restoring smiles affected by tooth loss. Unlike other restoration methods that only replace missing teeth, dental implants also replace tooth roots. The many benefits of dental implants include being secure, long-lasting, and safe. We offer Dental Implants at Dentistry With a Smile in Fall River, MA, where Dr. Suhair Shamoon can help you restore your smile.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts that function similarly to roots by anchoring tooth restorations in place, including dental crowns, bridgework, and implant-supported dentures. Their versatility means patients with varying degrees of tooth loss can benefit from dental implants, whether replacing a single tooth or an entire arch.

A minor surgical procedure is performed to place dental implants directly in the jawbone, which is what makes them so secure. Dental implants are completely safe and are made from titanium, a metal that is both hypoallergenic and biocompatible. Titanium actually fuses with bone tissue gradually over time through a natural process called osseointegration. Within a few months of being placed in the jaw, the dental implants and bone tissue will be permanently fused together.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Not all patients dealing with tooth loss are candidates for dental implants. Candidates must have healthy gums with no signs of gum disease, a strong immune system, and plenty of bone tissue in the jaw. Dental implants cannot be successfully placed in the jaw if there is not enough bone to support them.

Unfortunately, the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is not supporting teeth so bone loss is a common side effect of tooth loss. X-ray images can reveal whether or not there is sufficient bone tissue for placing dental implants. The skilled dentist at our practice in Fall River, MA, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are extensive benefits to restoring your smile with dental implants, the most advanced method for replacing teeth. In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants also reduce several negative side effects associated with tooth loss. One of the most exciting benefits is that dental implants stop bone loss in the jaw. The body will not reabsorb bone tissue that is supporting dental implants.

Dental implants also restore function by making biting and chewing different foods easier, which can be difficult when teeth are missing. They also improve functioning by reducing the excess strain existing teeth endure when compensating for missing ones. Another way dental implants helps is by reducing the facial sagging and drooping that often occurs when there are not enough teeth to support the muscles in the face.

Dental implants are a safe and secure option for replacing missing teeth. They’re also the longest-lasting tooth replacement method available today. For dental implants in Fall River, MA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shamoon by calling Dentistry With a Smile at (508) 672-6471.