Common Complications of Dental Implants

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Installing dental implants is the main technique used to restore the function of damaged or missing teeth. However, people tend to think that getting implants is easy and every dentist is qualified to perform this procedure. Review the most common types of complications that could occur during or after this procedure.

Failure of Osseointegration

For dental implants to be effective and long lasting, there must be an osseointegration process where the implant fuses, or osseointegrated, with the surrounding bone. It’s possible for this fusion to never occur for several reasons. A missing or weakened bone structure means there is no stability for the implant. An infection or injury that damages the implant, jaw or surrounding bone can stop the fusion.

Nerve Damage

During the procedure, the dentist can cause nerve damage in or around the tooth. Even if the implant is fitted correctly, the ensuing symptoms could be pain, numbness and temporary paralysis. In rare cases, the paralysis becomes permanent and requires more surgery.

Excessive Pressure

Applying too much pressure on the implants can result in structural failure. It’s recommended that you try not to reposition the implant or grind your teeth excessively. Using a mouth guard is recommended for people who have Bruxism. If the implant feels uncomfortable, contact a dental professional right away.

Damage to Surrounding Gums and/or Teeth

During any dental procedure, the dentist can accidentally damage the surrounding gums or teeth with a sharp instrument. The dentist may drill too deeply into the tooth or lose grip of the instrument and cut into the gums.

Chronic Pain

There is the additional problem of dealing with the painful, unbearable symptoms of a failed implant. An implant that has not fused properly is loose and may knock into the adjacent teeth. A damaged nerve usually has occasional bouts of minor to severe pain. In addition to the constant pain, chewing or speaking becomes more difficult.

In many ways, getting dental implants is like getting another chance at dental care. But every procedure is risky and has the potential to go wrong. The risks make it more important that you contact a qualified dentist to handle your dental implants.

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