Is Dental Implant Surgery Safe?

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There are risks that come along with having any kind of surgery. This includes the installation of dental implants which is a type of oral surgery. Dentists have been installing dental implants for a few decades now, and the technology involved has advanced significantly. Implants are now very sophisticated prosthetic devices 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 reliable and longest lasting ways to replace missing teeth and restore your smile..

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are very durable and with conscientious care, may last a lifetime. Implants need only minimal adjustments- often none at all- and because they are rooted directly into the jawbone using a titanium screw, implants stay secured while preventing bone loss and promoting the growth of healthy, new bone tissue..

Risks Of Dental Implants

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

  • Infection of the site
  • Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
  • Implant rejection
  • Sinus problems
  • Material of replacement tooth and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)

Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. McCool means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of encountering these issues.

Some patients may have suffered bone loss in the jaw along with whatever damage cost them their natural teeth. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be necessary in order to provide the support necessary to install an implant. This type of surgery involves harvesting bone from other areas of the body and replacing it on the jaw where it will eventually fuse to the existing bone. Once the bone graft has healed and bonded to the original tissue, it will be stable enough to support implants. As bone grafts are additional surgeries they have their own risks and complications such as infection, more discomfort and longer recuperation.

The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

Dental implants generally have a success rate of about 98%. This rate varies 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. Titanium implants- which are the industry standard- can last up to 20 years or longer. Other materials like zirconia cost more but last longer.

Dental Implants in Lilburn, GA

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may be the dental restoration option for you. For patients in the Lilburn, GA area, please call (770) 450-4407 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with Dr. McCool to discuss 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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