Understand the risks
A patient evaluation before an operation is necessary to determine any factors that may place you at risk during the procedure, and to determine any factors that may affect your healing capabilities. During this evaluation please inform your clinician if you suffer from any of the below risk factors, or if you suffer from any other medical issue that may place you at risk.
Placement of dental implants is done during a surgical procedure and there are general risks associated with surgical procedures. These general risks include infection, possible damage to nerve tissue and excessive bleeding during or after surgery.
Dental implants are not intended to be used in patients who:
- Are medically unfit for general oral surgical procedures
- Do not have sufficient bone volume
- Are allergic or hypersensitive to commercially pure titanium (grade 4), titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V, stainless steel, or DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating.
Following the placement of a dental implant, there is a low risk that the implant may fail. Certain factors can interfere with the healing process and success of the placement, including:
- Cigarette smoking
- Poor oral hygiene
- Uncontrollable diabetes
- Oro-facial radiotherapy
- Steroid therapy
- Infections in bone
If this occurs, the implant might fall out or need to be removed in a secondary procedure. Tell your clinician if you suffer from any of these factors or from any other medical condition.
The possibility of immediate placement and the use of a prosthetic tooth depends on many factors, such as bone presence and quality, dental history, implant location, and availability of the final restoration. Your clinician will fully describe the possible scenarios to you during consultation prior to surgery.
Dental implant treatment is not recommended in children until the jaw bone is fully developed.
Consult your clinician to find out if dental implants are right for you.