Can Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants Negatively Impact Your Health?

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Can Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants Negatively Impact Your Health?

Can Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants Negatively Impact Your Health?

Is it true that dental implants have an impact on your general health? Dental implants are often regarded as the most effective tooth replacement option. The number of implants you'll require is entirely dependent on how many missing teeth you need or want replaced; you can have a single tooth implant, all on four dental implants (also known as permanent dentures), or full-mouth dental implants, depending on how many teeth you're missing. Dental implants are the most natural-looking replacement for natural teeth. They’re the most expensive way of replacing teeth with the typical dental implant cost being around £2000-£3000 here in the UK. Do dental implants, on the other hand, pose a health risk? Let's have a look.

Before we go into some of the potential hazards of implants, it's important to note that they normally have a high success rate, and the procedures your dentist should take will seek to reduce some of the risks.

The first way a dental implant can harm your health is if your dentist places the implant too close to a nerve or damages a nerve during the procedure, which can result in tingling or numbness in the lips, tongue, gums, or face. However, this is an uncommon occurrence that should be avoided if a skilled dentist is chosen.

When it comes to surgery, there is always the possibility of infection or slow healing. The easiest method to avoid this is to rigorously follow your dentist's instructions. You should also talk about any pre-existing conditions that could slow down the healing process and how to minimise the danger. Good oral hygiene and a healthy smile are fantastic ways to minimise a longer recovery time, but there are a few other things to address with your dentist before surgery:

  1. Gum disease
  2. Smokers
  3. Autoimmune diseases
  4. Those who have had chemotherapy
  5. Regular medication

While these issues should be discussed, they do not rule out the possibility of replacing missing teeth with dental implants; your dentist will just need to outline realistic expectations for you. Other factors such as bone density and health will also be considered so these things alone are not always an issue.

Some individuals with metal allergy may have an unfavourable reaction to the implant in exceedingly rare situations. To avoid this, your dentist may wish to run testing to rule out the possibility before operating. The following symptoms may occur if you have metal hypersensitivity: implant loosening, hives or a rash within your mouth, chronic weariness, or inflammation. If you have had a dental implant and seem to be experiencing these symptoms, you should contact your dentist right away. If you had your implant surgery within a week, it's possible that this isn't a reaction but rather healing; still, you must speak with a professional.

Let's end on a positive note: is there a case to be made for the health benefits of dental implants? Yes, more so than any potential drawbacks. In a huge majority of cases, implants offer a great option for missing teeth.

Here are a few of the most prevalent advantages:
  1. They can help to avoid the loss of nearby teeth in the future.
  2. They aid in the stabilisation of your jawbone, thereby protecting the underlying structure of your face.
  3. Dental implants can promote gum health. When we lose teeth, our gum health and jaw bone density can suffer.

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