Should You Get Dental Implants: Weighing the Pros and Cons By Mark Link on February 22, 2024

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Dental implants are often referred to as the gold standard for tooth replacement due to the numerous benefits they provide. However, as with all medical procedures, there are also risks that must be considered when making a decision to get dental implants. At Link Dental in Centennial, CO, serving the greater Denver area, we want our patients to be informed. We provide a judgment-free environment so they can confidently make decisions about their oral health.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide many benefits to patients missing teeth, including:

Jawbone Health

Dental implants are the only restorative dentistry procedure that can stop and prevent jawbone deterioration. The jaw relies on stimulation from tooth roots to remain healthy. When a patient loses a tooth, they lose that stimulation. Implants act as artificial tooth roots to keep the jawbone healthy and prevent the need for bone grafting later.

Superior Stability

For patients missing all of their natural teeth, traditional dentures used to be the only option. Traditional dentures rely on denture adhesive to remain in place. This means patients risked their dentures slipping when they ate or spoke. Implant-supported dentures are secured directly to the implant posts, meaning there is no risk of slippage.

Versatile Restoration Options

Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your natural teeth, there is a restoration option that can pair with dental implants to fill in the gap and restore your oral health, function, and appearance.

With proper planning and maintenance, "90%–95% has been reported as the success rate of implants over the 10 years." 

What Are the Risks of Dental Implants?

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, and though the risks are low, there are some risks to be aware of when undergoing dental implant placement.


All surgical procedures carry a risk of developing an infection. However, we work closely with you to provide you with the proper aftercare instructions you need to minimize infection risks.


The sinuses are located directly above the upper jaw. This means there is a small risk of damage to the sinuses during implant placement. Our dentists use advanced technology to properly plan your implant procedure. This includes X-rays and guided 3D surgery to minimize any risk of damage to the sinuses and nerves within the mouth.

Implant Failure

Implant failure occurs when the implant fails to properly fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration. Implant failure can lead to the implant falling out or needing to be removed. Patients who use tobacco, have active tooth decay or gum disease, have poor oral hygiene, and those with health conditions are at an increased risk of implant failure.

Before implant placement, some patients may require preparatory treatment to address periodontal issues or tooth decay to minimize this risk. Our dentists also strongly urge those who use tobacco to cease all tobacco use before implant placement. If you have health concerns or take medication, it is important to discuss this with your dentist so they can plan your treatment accordingly.

Ready to Discuss Dental Implants?

Every patient should weigh the benefits and risks involved with dental implant placement. However, with proper planning and care, the risk of complications is low, and patients can enjoy a beautifully restored smile. If you are ready to start your smile restoration journey or want to discuss dental implants, contact our practice and request a consultation at our Centennial, CO, dental practice today.

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Drs. Mark Link, Tom Reed, and Jean Link

Link Dental

Drs. Mark and Jean Link have proudly provided family dental care to the Denver area since 2005. Our dentists are members of:

  • The American Dental Association (ADA)
  • The Colorado Dental Association (CDA)
  • The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • The American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

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