Implant Dentistry has been around for decades, which includes continuous clinical and scientific studies to further improve or develop its on-going success. Evidently, dental implants have already established a long history of clinical success throughout the years. However, like any other medical/surgical procedures, the treatment has its own innate risks and complications. They are practically minor and generally manageable, and they are usually categorized into two major aspects; Implant-unit Related and Prosthetic Related.
Implant-unit related complications needs proper attention once they occur. Despite that they may be left unresolved or remaining inside the jawbone, they are totally useless for prosthetic reconstruction. Moreover, bone resorption may occur around the collar of the implant unit and to rectify the situation, additional bone augmentation procedures will be required. There may also be a minuscule risk of permanent numbness to the lips and chin, or cause injury to the neighbouring teeth, if left untreated. Clinical studies proved that implant-unit placement is at a 90% success rate in the upper jaws, while a 95% success rate is allocated for the lower jaws. Additional research also depict that 90% of dental implants installed are still functioning in a span of 10 to 15 years in adequate usage.
While the titanium implant unit (implant-screw) is virtually indestructible, especially if it has achieved optimal integration with the bone, the prosthetic fixture is not. Being constructed out of acrylic or ceramic materials, it is equally exposed to apparent damage as a natural tooth.
In general, there is a higher risk of failure for the whole treatment with certain conditions such as unmanageable diseases (diabetes) and heavy smokers. That is why it is apparent that each individual undergoes the pre-treatment evaluation to determine one’s eligibility for dental implants. Implant dentistry is on the progress of developing new technologies to further reduce the unnecessary risks and complications associated with the treatment. At Sea Smile Dental Clinic, we accommodate such advancements to boost the success rate of each and every procedure we confer and ensure you of nothing but the best when it comes to replacing your missing tooth/teeth and bring back that great smile that you deserve.