By: Clint Newman DDS On: July 08, 2014 In: Restorative Dentistry Comments: 0

What Should Know Before Getting Implants

When a patient has lost one or more of their adult teeth and has the characteristics that make for a good dental implant candidate, Dr. Clint Newman is likely to recommend that this treatment be performed. Patients at Dr. Newman’s cosmetic dentistry practice can benefit from a number of advantages when dental implants are used to replace lost teeth.

Among the many benefits of dental implants, patients will experience a greater degree of security and durability than that offered by any other restorative dental treatment. While the advantages of dental implants are numerous, it is important for patients to understand that dental implants treatment will require oral surgery. It is highly unusual for any complications to arise following dental implants treatment, however, Dr. Newman is careful to explain to his Nashville patients the potential risks before beginning treatment.

Dental implants are considered very safe. However, no surgical procedure is free of risks. Fortunately, with Dr. Newman’s experience and expertise, it is very unlikely that a patient will develop complications from the dental implants procedure. Still, it is important for patients to have a full understanding of any risks of dental implants before agreeing to dental implants treatment. Some of the risks that may occur following dental implants treatment include:

  • Infection: Infection at the implant site is the most common complication of dental implant surgery and can be easily treated.
  • Damage or injury: Damage or injury to the teeth or blood vessels surrounding the dental implants is a possible complication.
  • Nerve damage: While unusual, it is possible for nerve damage to occur, which may result in pain, numbness, or tingling in the teeth, lips, gums, or chin.
  • Sinus problems: Another risk of dental implants treatment is sinus problems, which can develop if dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into the sinus cavities.

Again, it is highly unlikely that these complications will occur. However, in the case that one of the above risks does develop, Dr. Newman can offer treatment. Most of these conditions can be easily repaired. Dr. Newman focuses a significant amount of his dental implant work on readjusting or repairing dental implants that have been poorly placed by other dentists. Dr. Newman can also restore dental implants that have been damaged as a result of trauma.

Alternative Treatments

If a patient does not make a good candidate for dental implants treatment or would like to avoid the minimal risk of surgical complications, there are alternative restorative treatments to consider. Some alternate treatments that Dr. Newman can provide when teeth have been lost or are damaged beyond repair include dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Dr. Newman is happy to discuss any of these treatment options in further detail.

Schedule an Appointment

Under the expert care of Dr. Clint Newman and his staff, most patients find dental implants treatment to be a positive experience with outstanding results. If you would like to learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Newman at your earliest convenience.

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