Dental implant surgery does include risk, although they are rarely serious. As with any surgery, there is always the possibility of infection. Surgery on the jaw carries a slight risk for nerve damage or bruising, which may affect the sensation of the lower lip. While most nerve damage does heal, there are incidences in which the nerve damage is permanent. When an implant is placed next to a natural tooth, it is possible that the root of the natural tooth could be affected. If the natural tooth is affected it may heal naturally or your doctor may suggest root canal treatment.
Dental implants with today's technology and modern techniques are the treatment of choice for people with missing teeth. Your dental implant specialist will perform a variety of test and medical screenings to determine if you will be a successful candidate. The trend toward dental implants is growing rapidly. David Zelby, DDS, a prosthodontist at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, works in tandem with an oral surgeon. The dental implant is placed into the bone by the surgeon and Dr. Zelby constructs and correctly places the "crown," for the implant. We have achieved a much better success rate when you have actual specialists joining together and taking a team approach to dental implant therapy," says Dr. Zelby. You, as the consumer, should be well educated and research the treatment with your dentist. After your consultation, you should have your questions answered fully and understand what to expect and the complications that can occur.