Minimizing the Risks of Dental Implants
For patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants represent the finest treatment available to restore both function and appearance. A dental implant is a small post made from titanium or zirconia. Implants are surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace the roots of a natural tooth. Once an implant has healed, it offers stable support to a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dr. Michael Tischler is one of the leading implant dentists in the world and his experience minimizes the risk of possible complications. However, it is still important that you understand the inherent risks of dental implants before scheduling your procedure at our New York practice. All types of surgery involve some amount of risk, and choosing an implant dentist of Dr. Tischler's caliber can make a significant difference in the outcome of your surgery. To learn more about dental implants, including the risks and benefits, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr, Tischler.
Possible Risks Associated with Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery can result in:
- Infection at the incision site – The gums, underlying bone, and surrounding tissues at the incision site are susceptible to infection following a surgical procedure. It is important to strictly follow all post-operative instructions and practice good oral hygiene habits to remove bacteria in the treatment area.
- Sinus complications – When a patient has an implant placed in the back, upper quadrant of their mouth, occasionally the post can cause problems with the maxillary sinus. Dr. Tischler is adamant that all of our patients have a computerized tomography (CT) scan done before their procedure. This allows us to determine the amount of healthy bone available to support the implant. To protect against potential sinus problems before the surgery, some patients will need to undergo sinus lifting and bone grafting procedures.
- Damage to the surrounding tissues and nerves – Dental implant placement has the potential to injure or cause damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, bone, or blood vessels. This is another reason that Dr. Tischler insists on CT scanning for every case. By obtaining an accurate picture of the underlying structures of the mouth, we are able to plan and precisely place each implant with great accuracy so that it receives the necessary support without interfering with the surrounding tissues.
- Implant failure – After your surgery, the implant is allowed to heal and fuse with the bone for several months in a process called osseointegration. If fusing is insufficient and the implant remains loose or falls out, it is considered a failure and must be removed and replaced in an additional procedure.
Dr. Tischler is widely considered to be one of the best implant dentists in the field, and his patients consistently achieve optimal outcomes. He and his staff follow strict guidelines in the planning, surgical, and post-operative phases of treatment that significantly reduce the risks associated with dental implant surgery.
Make an Appointment to Learn More
If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implant risks or Dr. Tischler’s expertise, please contact us and schedule a consultation.