The Success of Dental Implants
Dental implants are known as the top tooth replacement option. While they have around a 98% success rate, there are still known risks and complications that can occur. The risks and complications discussed in this article are rare, however, they can happen. We always recommend contacting your dentist immediately if you experience anything out of the ordinary during your implant treatment. Please remember to inform your dentist of any medications you’re taking, as some may interfere with the dental implant treatment.
Dental Implant Risks
- Infection: Any surgical procedure carries the risk of infection, and dental implants are no exception. To reduce the risk of infection, the implant site must be kept clean and free of bacteria.
- Nerve damage: In rare cases, the implant procedure may result in damage to the nerves in the jaw, leading to numbness, tingling, or pain in the lips, gums, chin, or tongue.
- Sinus issues: Dental implants placed in the upper jaw can sometimes affect the sinuses. This can lead to sinusitis or other sinus problems.
- Allergic reactions: Some patients may have an allergic reaction to the materials used in the dental implant, such as titanium.
Dental Implant Complications
- Implant failure: In rare cases, the implant may not integrate properly with the jawbone, which can lead to implant failure. Implant failure may require additional surgery or the replacement of the implant. If you’re a smoker, you’re more likely to experience implant failure. Learn about the effects of smoking on dental implants.
- Loosening or shifting of the implant: Over time, the implant may become loose or shift in the jaw, which can cause discomfort or negatively affect the appearance of the implant.
- Peri-implantitis: This is a form of gum disease that can occur around the implant. It’s caused by bacterial infection, and if left untreated, can lead to bone loss and implant failure.
- Implant fractures: Like natural teeth, dental implants can also fracture. It can happen due to trauma, overloading, or poor bone quality.
Always follow the instructions given to you by your dentist before and after your treatment to decrease the chances of any complications developing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do if I experience complications or problems with my dental implant?
If you experience complications or problems with your dental implant, contact your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. They can evaluate the issue and determine the best course of action, which may include additional surgery or the replacement of the implant.
How can I reduce the risk of infection after the implant procedure?
To reduce the risk of infection after the implant procedure, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and following your dentist or oral surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care. Additionally, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can help to reduce the risk of infection.
Achieve Your Best Smile With Dental Implants
While some possible risks and complications can occur with dental implants, they’re rare. With a 98% success rate, most patients achieve beautiful smiles and excellent oral health with dental implants. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Staten Island dentists today.
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