What Risks Are Associated With Dental Implants
Dental implants can provide an effective and seamless solution for missing or damaged teeth. While the dental implant placement procedure is safe and often quick, it is not always the ideal solution for every patient. Before deciding on treatment, it is essential to understand the potential risks and complications that come with receiving a dental implant.
At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we conduct a thorough examination prior to all surgical procedures. If you are considering dental implants, we will examine your oral and overall health to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. During this consultation, we will also determine if there are other procedures you may need to ensure the success of the implant or if other treatment options may be better suited to your needs. Our surgeons will guide you through the process, inform you of any risks, and suggest alternative procedures during your consultation so you can be confident in making the best possible decision for your treatment.
Possible Risks Of Dental Implants
Dental implants can efficiently treat the effects of tooth loss, restore your natural smile, and restore the functionality of your teeth. Although problems and complications with dental implants are rare, all surgeries inherently have certain risks.
After placing the screw, you may experience the gum tissue receding around the surgical site, resulting in pain and inflammation. It is essential to get medical attention immediately to avoid an implant removal.
As with every surgery, there is always a minimal risk of infection at the site of wounds or stitches. Be sure to take proper care of your implants following surgery to help prevent infection. Consult your surgeon immediately if you notice the following symptoms of infection:
|Consistent bad breath
|Gaps between teeth that weren’t present before
Implant Failure or Rejection
The titanium implant screw is designed to osseointegrate, or connect to, the jawbone. In rare cases, the body may instead start rejecting the implant(s), resulting in loose or infected implants that will need to be replaced. The potential causes of implant rejection may include:
|Peri-implantitis (gum inflammation)
|Lack of osseointegration
|Bad oral habits, like teeth grinding
Sinus problems are a rare risk of dental implant placement. An implant can result in complications if it is placed or accidentally enters a sinus cavity.
Damage to the Nerves
If a dental implant is accidentally placed close to the nerve, this can lead to tingling, pain, or numbness. While short-term numbness and side effects are common with dental implant surgery, nerve damage can result in long-term complications requiring medical attention.
What Happens After The Dental Implant Procedure?
The vast majority of dental implant procedures are completed successfully and have no complications. Generally, your surgeon will create an aftercare plan that will work best with your routine for you to reference after the procedure is completed. This aftercare plan will include hygiene tips and recommendations, diet changes and recommendations to allow for smooth healing, and a schedule of follow-up visits.
In the event of any minor issues, it is best to consult your surgeon to fix the issue and prevent any further damage. Consult your dentist immediately if you experience the following:
|Persistent pain a week after surgery
|Difficulty opening the mouth
|Problems with speaking
When Should You Avoid Dental Implants?
For some patients with preexisting conditions, dental implant placement can be a risky procedure. We may suggest other treatment options if you have leukemia, uncontrolled diabetes, are receiving neck or head radiation therapy, or if you regularly smoke. It is best to inform your surgeon of your entire medical history and lifestyle habits to ensure the safety and success of your treatment.
During your consultation, your surgeon might recommend bridges instead of implants. You will also be able to discuss the pros and cons of dental implants versus bridges to guide you to the right decision.
Before receiving dental implants, we advise that you review your medical history with your surgeon and fully understand the procedure, cost, and aftercare. Our Dental Implant FAQ is available to help you understand the dental implant procedure and help you book an initial consultation appointment.