How to Reduce the Risks of Dental Implants

With a success rate of more than 95%, treatment with dental implants presents a low rate of risk. When risks and complications arise, they are often associated with the improper placement of the implants. If you are considering this permanent treatment solution for missing teeth, there are a number of things you can do to mitigate the risks of dental implants. In El Paso, TX, periodontist Bruce Gopin uses sophisticated three-dimensional imaging and x-rays to carefully plan and perform dental implant treatment, resulting in predictable and successful outcomes. As a highly skilled and respected implant surgeon, Dr. Gopin frequently corrects the failed implant surgeries of other implant providers. If you are suffering with failed implants, Dr. Gopin is prepared to help you. If you are considering implants, choosing a surgeon like Dr. Gopin is one of the surest ways to achieve long-term satisfaction. 

Surgery Risks

The placement of dental implants requires gum surgery. Like the skin on the rest of your body, the gums act as a protector against damage and bacteria to the underlying structures. With surgery comes the risk of infection, injury or damage to the blood vessels, and trauma to teeth and tissue surrounding the treatment site. Meanwhile, an improperly placed implant in the top jaw could puncture the sinus cavity. Selecting a reputable, experienced implant surgeon can greatly reduce the risks associated with dental implants.

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You can depend on Dr. Gopin to only perform implant surgery if you are a suitable candidate.

Risk of Implant Failure

There are also certain risks unrelated to the placement of the implant that can negatively affect the success of surgery. For example, smoking is known to increase the risk of implant failure. Patients who smoke are at a higher risk for infection after surgery and are likely to heal more slowly. When a smoker receives an implant, it is much more likely to fail. One study showed that the implant failure rate for smokers was 15.8 percent, and only 1.4 percent in nonsmokers.

Other known risks for implant failure include uncontrolled diabetes, untreated osteoporosis, heavy alcohol consumption, and significant radiation exposure to the head and neck. A properly trained and experienced implant surgeon will carefully evaluate candidacy for dental implants prior to treatment. If an implant fails and has to be removed, the patient may be a candidate again after the underlying problem is treated and oral health has been restored.

Mitigating Risks

The easiest way to minimize your surgery risk is by choosing a reputable implant specialist. Many general dentists can perform dental implant surgery and place dental restorations. However, most will refer the surgical placement of the implant posts out to a specialist like Dr. Gopin. As a periodontist, he is highly experienced with gum surgery and remains a leader in his field through continuing education. His three-dimensional imaging technology allows him not only to plan the location and angle of your implants with a high degree of precision, but also to evaluate the quality of your jawbone. If bone recession has weakened or diminished your jaw tissue, he can augment and strengthen it with a bone graft or sinus lift prior to your dental implant procedure to ensure a stable, secure result. You can depend on Dr. Gopin to only perform implant surgery if you are a suitable candidate.

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Dr. Gopin takes great pride in how the benefits of dental implants can significantly improve his patients’ quality of life. To find out more, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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