Despite their high success rate, dental implants, like other surgical procedures, do carry some degree of risk. The good news is that any problems or side effects associated with dental implants are relatively uncommon and can be treated by your Evergreen Dental dentist with relative ease. Let’s take a look at some of the possible risks of dental implants.

Rejection of the implant

Integration of the implant is known as osseo-integration, and it is possible for the implant not to integrate in rare cases. Usually it becomes clear in the weeks following your procedure, whether your implant will integrate. If this part of the procedure fails you will not have the adequate support structure for your implant.

An infection

The most common cause of infection at the implant site is poor dental hygiene. Pain, discomfort and/or bleeding at the implant site are other risks of dental implants.

Physical damage to your jaw, teeth, or surrounding blood vessels

It is possible for a nerve injury to occur, and this could result in pain or numbness in the mouth. This occurs most commonly because the implant has been incorrectly placed.

Sinus complications due to improperly placed implants, or perforation of the sinus

If you experience a significant loss of bone after your implant has been placed, it can destabilise the implant. Of course there are things you can do in order to mitigate the risks of a dental implant. If you do have certain risk factors it is not likely that your dentist will consider you a candidate for implants.

Location of your implants

Implants located in upper jaw have a higher success rate than those placed in the back of the mouth.


Smoking makes your risks of dental implants failing higher than not smoking.

Do you have a history of periodontitis?

Patients who have a history of periodontitis are nine times more likely to develop peri-implantitis than those who did not.

Chronic disease

Patients with diabetes and Crohn’s disease are statistically more susceptible to implant risk.

What Should You Expect After Implant Surgery?

Some degree of swelling, pain or bleeding is common immediately after the procedure but it should subside within five days. If it doesn’t it is important that you consult your dentist. Do any of these risks of dental implants apply to you? Contact Evergreen Dental and allow one of our friendly staff assist you in regaining comfort in your mouth again: (02) 8074 3849 .


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