What Are the Dental Implant Risks?

The procedure of having dental implants installed is a surgery, and like with any surgery there are inherent risks. Dentists have been placing dental implants for years now, and the technology has advanced significantly. Implants are now very sophisticated prosthetics designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr. Harry W McCool in Lilburn, GA. As of right now, dental implants are one of the most durable, reliable and naturally functional ways to replace missing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing their recipients to eat, speak and smile comfortably and with confidence. Implants are durable, often lasting decades with only minimal adjustments or sometimes none at all. Because they are screwed into the jawbone, acting as an artificial root, implants stay secure in your gums while also preventing bone loss.

Risks Of Dental Implants

Just like with any other surgery, there are possible complications that could occur. However, problems with a dental implant are usually rare, minor and easily repaired.  These risks include:

  • Infection of the site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Potential allergies or reaction to implant material (usually made of titanium or zirconia)

Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. McCool means that the risk of problems with your implant procedure is much smaller.

Some patients that have been missing teeth for some time may have already suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever issue cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary to build back up the jawbone tissue to support an implant. In a bone graft procedure, bone is harvested from other areas of the body and used to replace tissue on the jaw where the transplanted bone will eventually fuse to the existing bone. This will allow the jawbone to be stable enough to one day support implants. As these are additional surgeries they come with their own risks and complications including risk of infection, more discomfort and a longer recuperation period.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 95%, although this will vary depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.

However, when working with a dentist experienced in the installation of implants like Dr. McCool they are inherently safe.

Dental Implants in Lilburn, GA

If you are missing teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, dental implants may the dental procedure to help you restore the appearance and function of your smile. For patients in the Lilburn, GA area, please call (770) 450-4407 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCool to see if dental implants can help you have the smile you want!


Harry W. McCool, DDS, PC
Lilburn, GA Dentist

645 Beaver Ruin Rd NW, Suite A
Lilburn, GA 30047

New Patients (770) 450-4407

Current Patients (770) 381-9320


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