Maryland Periodontics and Dental Implants
7902 Old Branch Ave., Suite 209
Clinton, MD 20735
(301) 856-1200


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Are Dental Implants Safe?

Digital technology has made the implant process much safer for our patients; accurate up to 97%!

More & more people are aware of the benefits of dental implants. The question remains, are dental implants safe?

Losing a tooth can be very scary for patients. Replacing missing teeth with Dental Implants is a very smart option, but often leaves the patients asking themselves. Are Dental Implants safe?

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Are Dental Implants safe?

Of course, there may be complications with surgery like discomfort and swelling, but dental implant surgery is overwhelmingly safe. Our practice uses true 3D digital technology from beginning of treatment to the end of treatment.

The process begins by taking a Cone Beam scan to identify nerves and sinuses in the mouth. Digital impressions are taken of the mouth and the files are merged to make the guide. The guide is created to place the implant in the mouth exactly where its planned on the computer.

Lastly, after the dental implant has healed we’ll take a digital impression to send to the lab. The lab will make the crown and send it the General Dentist, so they can schedule the patient to insert the crown into the mouth.

Dental Implants Safe

What are my options for treatment?

When replacing a missing tooth, patients have 4 options to choose:

  1. A Dental Implant is the standard option to replace a missing tooth in dentistry today. A dental implant has a 95-98% success rate over 30 years. They’re very versatile because dental implants may be used for many treatments based on the patient needs. The problem associated with dental implants is bone must be available to accommodate the implant. Secondly, if bone is not available, the patient may have to go through multiple procedures to grow enough bone to support the implant.
  2. A dental bridge is sometimes used to replace a missing tooth by shaving down healthy enamel on the adjacent teeth to accommodate the dental bridge. The problem is cutting down the healthy tooth structure may lead to decay or lose the teeth connecting the dental bridge leading to an even longer bridge in the future.
  3. A Denture may be used to replace a missing tooth by taking an impression of the area where the tooth is missing. A fake tooth is added to an acrylic template of the palate to fill in the empty space. The problem with dentures is they slide back and forth causing irritation and sores on the gums. Dentures also don’t fit well without denture adhesive to keep them in place, adding to patient’s misery.
  4. Nothing. Patient’s don’t have to replace a tooth when it goes bad. But by not replacing the tooth other problems may occur. Most importantly, the patient’s jawbone will “wear away” because there is nothing to stimulate the area where the tooth was removed. Additionally, missing teeth will make it more difficult to chew your food properly and may even affect the way you speak. Also, the remaining teeth may move or drift into the open space unbalancing the bite.



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