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Possible Dental Implant Complications to Be Aware of Before Getting Them


Posted on 6/21/2021 by Dr. Dennison
Possible Dental Implant Complications to Be Aware of Before Getting ThemWhile dental implants are excellent permanent dental restorations, you still need to care for them, as you would your natural teeth. Otherwise, you may experience complications that can impact your oral health.

Reasons for Complications


Implant complications can occur early or later after the implants have been placed. Therefore, the reasons for complications can vary. That is why you need to make sure that certain factors, which lead to complications, do not exist before placement. These factors may include gum disease, lack of bone support, or certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Lack of dental maintenance, as noted, can also affect implant success rates.

Types of Early Complications


Dental complications can arise shortly after surgery or later. It just depends on the reason for the complications or failure. Early complications usually take place about 3 to 4 months after the procedure. One of the complications that can develop is peri-implantitis, which often leads to implant failure. Risk factors for this type of infection include bad oral hygiene, an autoimmune system disease, or smoking. A micro-movement of the implant may take place if the post does not properly integrate with the jaw bone. Early-stage implant failure may also occur if a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant. If there is not enough bone, the implant cannot fuse with the jaw.

Later Complications


Some dental implant complications happen years later. For example, tissue or nerve damage may occur if the dental surgeon places an implant too close to a nerve in the jaw. This type of damage can take the form of a tingling sensation or numbness in the lips, gums, tongue, or face. Sometimes, the body may reject an implant. In this scenario, the patient may experience intense pain at the implant site or suffer from chills, swelling, or a fever.

Avoiding Complications


Before you go through implant surgery, make sure you prepare for the procedure. For example, have any gum disease treated and make sure you have sufficient bone. Doing so will prevent any unanticipated and negative events from happening.

Would you like to know more about getting implants? If so, give us a call today to arrange a periodontal exam and consultation.

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