There are several people who have one or more teeth missing due to genetics, gum disease, dental injury, and/or tooth decay. In the past, the only way to deal with your missing teeth was through partial or full dentures. However, thanks to today’s modern advancements, dental implant surgery is one of the most effective and popular ways to restore the functionality of the mouth.

While you may have heard of dental implant surgery, it is possible that you aren’t fully aware of how the procedure works. You or others may also not know about the benefits, the costs, or the risks associated with this surgery. For those reasons, OMSH has provided information on what questions you should ask your oral surgeon concerning dental implant installation. Read on to learn more.

1.     How Do I Know I Need a Dental Implant?

People primarily use dental implants to serve as replacements for missing teeth. However, there are special criteria that will indicate if you have a need.  So, one of the questions you’ll ask is if you actually need an implant and under what circumstances? You are an ideal candidate for dental implants if:

  • You have loose teeth
  • It is difficult for you to chew your food
  • You have missing teeth
  • Your dental bridges trap food under them
  • You have the adequate bone structure to support the implants
  • It is difficult for you to communicate effectively

Your oral surgeon can tell you better by carefully inspecting your mouth to determine if you need dental implants.

2.     How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?

If you take proper care of your teeth, dental implants can last well over fifty years. Consequently, today’s dental technicians design implants with upgraded materials to help them provide a better fit.  So, if your oral surgeon installs them professionally, they could last a lifetime.

3.     How Successful Are Implants?

Be it dental implant surgery or any other oral treatment, always ask your surgeon about success rates on respective surgeries and procedures.

In general, dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent, especially for lower implants, while the statistics for upper implants are as high 95 percent.

4.     How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Compared to other tooth-replacement methods like dentures and bridges, implants will cost a little more in upfront cost. However, the actual costs differ according to your location, the amount of dental work needed, the kind of implant you choose, and the number of implants. At the same time, when you add up the upfront costs, you reap the savings benefits in the long run. You won’t ever have to continue paying costs to replace dentures, bridges, etc.

A single dental implant typically starts off at around $2000; but again, costs vary due to multiple factors. At the same time, no patient should settle for sub-par quality when it comes to implants. This is why you should always consult with an experienced oral surgeon to learn the true cost and benefits of having implants and their long-term savings. Overall, they are a great investment that is more affordable than you think.

5.     What Are the Possible Risks and Complications Associated with Dental Implants?

Dental implants do pose a few risks and complications. However, they are rare, and if they do occur, they are easily treatable. Some potential complications include:

  • Nerve damage leading to numbness or tingling
  • Sinus problems
  • Infection at the implant site
  • Injury to surrounding areas such as blood vessels

If you are hesitant about getting dental implants, make sure to consult with your oral surgeon. Here at OMSH, our experienced dental physicians are here to help answer any questions you may have. They will provide you with the best and latest information on dental implant surgery. You’ll know what to expect and have the peace of mind you need to make an informed decision.

So, let’s get started! Freely request an appointment online, or contact Houston’s best oral maxillofacial surgeons directly for immediate assistance. Simply call us at 713-804-6055 and let us help you regain that confident smile.