If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants as a more permanent alternative to dentures. Dental implants have a high success rate and can last for many years when you take good care of your oral health, but things still sometimes go wrong.
Your dentist should explain the possible risks and complications of dental implants during your consultation so you can decide if this treatment is right for you.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for implant treatment. Your dentist will examine your mouth and jaws using x-rays and ask about your medical history to determine if you are suitable for implants. You should also find out what the procedure involves so you can decide whether you're happy to proceed.
You might not be eligible for implants if you have an oral health problem such as gum disease that needs to be treated first, if your jawbone is too small or thin to support an implant, or if you have a health condition that affects bone healing.
What are the possible risks and side-effects?
Dental implant treatments are usually successful and problems are rare, especially if you choose a qualified and experienced dentist. However, as oral surgery is involved, there is always a minor risk of complications. These may include:
- infections around the implant site
- damage to other teeth, nerves or blood vessels
- sinus problems if the implant is in the upper jaw
You may feel pain or notice bruising or swelling after the treatment. This may be managed by taking over-the-counter pain relief, applying ice to your cheek and other home remedies. Eating soft foods for a few days can help the implant site to recover.
Can I get cheap dental implants abroad?
Dental implant risks can be much higher if you have the treatment overseas. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) warns against dental tourism, as clinics may not be suitably qualified to carry out the procedure, infection control standards may be lower, and dentists may need to rush a complex procedure to fit it inside your travel window.
Seeking cheap dental treatment abroad because you want to save money could work out more expensive if you need to deal with the consequences of a botched operation when you get back home. If you're worried about dental implant cost, ask your local dentist in Australia about health funds and payment plans that could make your treatment more affordable.
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
If you decide that dental implants aren't the right choice for you, your dentist will still recommend replacing any missing teeth to help restore the look and function of your smile. Alternatives to implants may include full or partial dentures or a dental bridge.
Find out more about dental implants in Sydney CBD
For more information about the pros and cons of dental implants so you can decide if they're an option for you, book an initial consultation at Sydney CBD Dental today.
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 Australian Dental Association. Dental Tourism [Online] 2016 [Accessed March 2019] Available from: https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Younger-Adults-18-30/Dental-Tourism