Dental implant 3-D model with the implant in the bone surrounded by natural teeth

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces a missing tooth with an artificial tooth root, usually made of titanium. Dental implants can support multiple missing teeth or a denture when all your upper or lower teeth are missing. All surgeries have risks, so what are the risks of dental implant surgery? We answer frequent questions about the advantages and risks of dental implant surgery and what you can expect for insurance coverage.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implant Surgery?

The advantages of dental implant surgery include the following:

  • Osseointegration
  • Secure replacement teeth
  • Preservation of your natural teeth
  • Implant and replacement teeth longevity

1. Osseointegration

Osseointegration is the process of your jawbone growing between the threads of a surgically placed dental implant screw and locking it. The solidly planted implant will be the foundation for your replacement teeth—crowns or dentures.

2. Secure Replacement Teeth

Dental implant surgery ensures that your dental crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture is sturdier and more durable than removable tooth replacements, such as a partial denture or a complete removable denture. You can eat, speak, and socialize with confidence that your implant-supported prosthesis will stay in place.

3. Longevity

Dental implant surgery supports the longevity of the implant screws and your replacement teeth.

  • Implant screws – The artificial tooth roots can last 20 years—even a lifetime.
  • Replacement teeth – Implant-supported replacement teeth can last ten to fifteen years or longer—twice the lifespan of a removable partial or complete denture. Less movement and handling and the stability of implants will help your restoration last.

4. Preservation of Natural Teeth

Dental implant screws replace tooth roots in your jawbone, and your replacement teeth are attached to the implants. Your adjacent teeth will not require any preparation nor serve as anchors for dental implants.

What Are the Risks of Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery includes health risks, as with all other surgeries. Risks include:

  • Sinus damage
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage

1. Sinus Damage‌

Your upper jaw is beneath your nasal sinuses. Implants for upper teeth can potentially penetrate the sinus, causing discomfort or infection. Your implant dentist or an oral surgeon can assess the damage and recommend treatment.

2. Infection

Oral surgery procedures, including dental implant surgery, have a risk of infection. Your implant dentist or oral surgeon will instruct you to clean the surgical sites and avoid irritating them.

3. Nerve Damage

Inaccurately placed dental implants can lead to nerve damage. Skilled implant dentists use a 3-D CT scan and digital technology to examine your oral anatomy and place implants precisely to prevent nerve damage.

Will Insurance Cover Dental Implant Surgery?

Whether insurance pays for a portion of dental implant surgery depends on your plan benefits. Still, you can expect some out-of-pocket costs. Contact your insurance company and ask about coverage for dental implants.


Dental implant surgery advantages include getting an anchor for your replacement teeth that does not harm adjacent healthy teeth. You can mitigate the risks by seeking an implant dentist with advanced training. Your insurance company can give you details on plan benefits for surgery.

Start with a Consultation

Before requesting dental implants, schedule consultations with two or three dentists to discuss your options. In Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Mo Saleh is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the International Dental Implant Association. He offers competitive prices on dental implants while using his advanced training and experience to give you safe, predictable results. Call Vista Dental today to request a consultation with Dr. Saleh.

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