Is there a risk that my body will reject the dental implant?
We often hear this question because patients relate the word “rejection” with procedures that involve transplanting of a vital organ, such as a heart. The important thing to know is that dental implants fall into a different category entirely. Issues like tissue matching and blood typing are not a factor as they are with transplantation of an organ like a heart or kidney.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is “biocompatible.” This is a complicated sounding term that simply means the material is easily accepted by the body. Titanium is the same material that has been used successfully for years in hip and joint replacements. Once the implant is placed, bone and tissue in your treats it like it belongs there, and starts to attach to the implant. Over time, the implant will integrate fully with the jaw, and this process is referred to as “osseointegration.”
Implants have a very high success rate (95-98%) but obviously there are cases where the procedure has not been successful. However, the success of a dental implant procedure is more dependent on proper patient screening, the skill of the practitioner, and your long-term commitment to conscientious oral hygiene and preventive care.
If you would like more information about dental implants, please give Wisconsin Smiles a call, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation to discuss your particular needs.
- My dentist is recommending extraction and placement of a dental bridge, but I don’t like the idea of grinding down perfectly good teeth on each side. Could an implant work here?
- I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?