The Farber Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics knows that as we age proper tooth maintenance can become difficult. If you are missing a tooth or teeth and have read our blog post on “Increased Tooth Loss for Senior Citizens” you already know you are not alone. Luckily, if you are unhappy with your smile or having difficulties with dentures there is a procedure called a dental implant which can help. We want to help our patients understand the procedures we offer so you can better understand how we can help you! In this blog post, we will quickly explain dental implants and even some dental implant problems that could arise.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to a screw. When placed in your jawbone they attach to the natural bone. They become a base for supporting artificial teeth, called crowns. Crowns are crafted specifically to match your natural teeth and fit in your mouth.
After the screw is installed an abutment (like a connector) is placed atop the implant to support the crown.
When installed by an experienced dental implant specialist, like The Farber Center, a dental implant is one of the safest procedures in periodontics. Placement within the gums is one of the more difficult steps in the process. Seeing a periodontist for your dental implants is advisable because they specialize in conditions affecting the gums.
How Frequent are Dental Implant Problems?
According to Web M.D. dental implants, in general, have a success rate of up to 98%! Even with such a high percentage success rate, there is still 2% of cases that end with a complication. Fortunately, many of the issues that complicate dental implants are easily resolved. We recommend visiting a practice that you trust and is well-reviewed, like the Farber Center!
Dental Implant Problems that can occur:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to neighboring teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, causing pain or numbness
- Sinus problems if the tooth is incorrectly placed within the jaw.
Some of these issues might seem intimidating, but they are rare. Especially, when using a trusted periodontist. To find out more about dental implants or a procedure we use called All-on-4 (which can install a complete set of teeth in your mouth with just 4 implants) call The Farber Center office at (631)265-4442 for our Hauppauge office or (631)758-3700.