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Are Dental Implants Safe?

Based in East Molesey, The Gentle Dental’s clients enjoy a 98.2% success rate. 

However, whilst complications are extremely rare, they can still occur from time to time.

It’s important to know what these risks are, and how we address them.

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Correct procedure

When performing surgery, Dr Ali Rifai takes extensive precautions to sterilise any potentially harmful bacteria. A successful operation will still entail a three to four-day period of swelling.

Sometimes, however, this swelling can last longer, indicating a more serious underlying cause.

This is generally because of conditions that existed before the operation and rarely resulted from the procedure itself.

When consulting with Gentle Dental about whether implants are right for you, we will continually assess the health and history of your gums to avoid any complications ahead of time.

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Early and late implant problems

It is important to tell us about your medical history and lifestyle habits.

Smoking, for example, can drastically impede the healing process, as does drinking alcohol and taking certain medications.

Serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and gum disease can also have the same effect.

Given that most adults fall under one or more of these categories, it is important not to be discouraged, as none necessarily disqualify someone from having dental implants.

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The truth about dental implants

One potential risk after surgery is that the implant experiences micromovements.

This can make the implant unstable and, instead of bonding with the jawbone, instead of connecting the mouth’s soft tissue.

This might lead to a liquid diet being prescribed. 

Extreme cases may require a second operation, although extremely rare, as the movement will usually be noticed during checkups.

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Dental implant procedure

Another common cause of dental implant failure is an improper surgical technique.

At The Gentle Dental, our outstanding team goes to great lengths to ensure that your procedure runs as smoothly as possible.

Our principal dentist, Dr Ali Rifai, brings over a decade of professional experience as well as a Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Implantology.

Every member of our team at The Gentle Dental is at the forefront of modern dentistry, helping ensure that your experience is as seamless as possible. Click here to meet the full team.

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"Exemplary dentistry. I am completely delighted with my newly perfect smile! I’ve had implants, crowns, extractions all completed in a pain free, professional way. Lovely team, state of the art technology and equipment, Covid secure. I will be recommending to everyone! Ali is simply superb and I highly recommend."
Nickie W.
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What’s the worst that can happen?

Dental implants are made from titanium, which is both extremely sturdy and biocompatible with the human body.

Whilst the nature of the procedure can still be a worry for some, the success rate is exceptionally high, with 95% of operations being a success.

At The Gentle Dental, we pride ourselves on an excellent 98.2% success rate, ensuring that you receive the best possible experience and aftercare.

Following our advice and giving an honest account of your medical history will prevent these problems from occurring in almost all cases.

It will also be essential to follow our post-operation advice.

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Our advice

In spite of the potential risks, dental implants are overwhelmingly safe and can be easily removed in the unlikely event of something going wrong.

Add that to the outstanding care provided by The Gentle Dental, and you can be sure that you’re in safe hands.

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Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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