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Looking to Have Dental Implants in Richmond – How Safe Are They?

Here at Sheen Dental in Richmond we carry out a variety of dental treatments including dental implants. One of the most common questions we get asked is just how safe are dental implants? If you’re contemplating dental implants in Richmond, then it’s only natural you would want to know about the safety aspect, after all it’s your health that could be at risk, and also you want to know that the cost is indeed justified.

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So, let’s take a look at the facts:

Dental implants have a high success rate of around 95% but naturally the concern is also about what the implants are made from and what happens after they have been in your body for several months.

Most implants are made from titanium because it is one metal which is known not to react with the body. In fact it’s been used successfully in hip replacements for many years. Secondly, it’s lightweight yet strong, and won’t corrode or weaken. Lastly, titanium is able to fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration, which allows for a stable platform for the implant. Osseointegration is the most important part of the entire dental implant procedure, and your dental implant in Richmond dentist will tell you that it can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months for this fusion to take place.

What about any allergies to metal?

Patients with an oral allergy will suffer from various symptoms such as tingling or burning sensations, a dry mouth and a loss of taste or more general symptoms such as headaches and myalgia. Signs of an oral allergy include mouth ulcers, redness of the skin, gingivitis and muscle fatigue. Cases of allergies to metals that are used in dental treatments are on the increase, and indeed allergies to gold are certainly not uncommon. However, incidents of allergies to titanium are very rare and the risk is only increased if the patient already suffers from other metal allergies. There is every chance that zirconia may be used more often as an alternative to titanium. This material is already widely used in other parts of the body. However, further studies are still being carried out.

So, in answer to the question “Are dental implants safe” no surgery can ever be totally risk free, but dental implants are one of the most reliable dental treatments in the industry today.

Sheen Dental has a team of highly experienced professionals who will explain the dental implant procedure thoroughly with you and advise if you are a suitable candidate. If you’re looking for dental implants, Richmond, then as a long established clinic, we come highly recommended. Give us a call on 020 8876 5277 to book a consultation or visit us at


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