Fortunately, problems with dental implants don’t arise that often provided you’ve opted for a qualified implant dentist who has years of experience in placing implants. Overall the success rate of dental implants is quite impressive, averaging around 95% but that said, it’s always best to know the whole picture. That way you can monitor the progress of your dental implants and contact your dentist immediately if you think something might be wrong. To be aware is the best way of avoiding future complications when you decide to get dental implants.
Some of the more common problems with dental implants include osseointegration failure, infection, sinus problems, and nerve damage. Many of these issues can be put down to poor planning or failing to correctly assess the condition of the patient’s bone – both of which are often associated with inexperienced dentists and a lack of skills.
The good news is that the majority of problems with dental implants can be easily solved provided they’re addressed quickly. So, let’s take a closer look.
Problems With Dental Implants – Implant loosening
This is probably one of the most common problems associated with dental implants and occurs when the patient’s bone hasn’t bonded with the implant post in a procedure known as
osseointegration. This fusion of implant and jawbone is critical since it provides a tight fit between the two making it secure and strong enough to support a dental crown. If the process doesn’t happen properly the implant won’t function as it should. Instead, it will feel uncomfortable, will loosen, and may fall right out.
Perhaps you’re wondering can a failed dental implant be replaced? Well yes, in most cases it can. Dental implant treatment failure treatment will involve the implant being removed and the site being allowed to properly heal before surgery is attempted again.
Infection after dental implant placement
Dental implant infection signs include gums appearing redder than normal, swelling, and bleeding. You may also have a leakage of dental implant pus. Fortunately, infections of this type are relatively minor, provided they’re addressed promptly, and with a course of antibiotics, will quickly clear.
On rare occasions, it’s possible to get an infection in the jawbone. This is harder to treat and may include stronger antibiotics and even the removal of your implant, to allow it to heal. In cases of severe infection, parts of the jawbone may erode or die and need to be removed altogether.
Sinus and Nerve Damage
The skull contains numerous important structures including blood vessels, nerves, and sinuses so it’s vital that these are identified and located before dental implants are placed. Although quite rare it is possible for a dentist to damage the sinuses by attempting to place dental implants into the bone which has insufficient depth. This means the implant or even the surgical tools could puncture the bone causing damage and risk of infection to the sinuses. The only treatment is to remove the implant and repair the bone before attempting to place the implant again.
Another dental implants risk is that of nerve damage which can occur during lower jaw surgery. The main nerve which runs through the jawline is the highly sensitive inferior alveolar. If the implant is placed too close to this nerve or damages it, the patient will experience pain, tingling or numbness in the gums, lips, chin, or tongue, which in some cases can be permanent.
Damage to nerves is rare but should it occur the implant will usually need to be removed.
This allows the nerve to reconnect and in most cases repair itself under careful evaluation by your dentist. In the meantime, you’ll be prescribed with medication to help ease any pain.
How to reduce risks before receiving dental implants
- Consult with Evergreen Dental before any treatment. We’ll examine your mouth thoroughly and take X-rays and CT scans to locate your internal facial structures, identify any problems, and put together a carefully considered treatment plan for you.
- Smoking slows down or prevents osseointegration from taking place so if you’re a smoker it’s wise to quit the habit for the entire duration of your dental implants treatment.
- Maintain good oral health with twice daily brushing and flossing so your mouth contains as few harmful bacteria as possible.
How to reduce risks after the dental implants procedure
- Follow your dental implant post-op instructions to the letter and, if you’ve been given a course of antibiotics, be sure to finish the whole course
- Continue to maintain good oral health
- Visit your dentist so your dental implants can be closely monitored
If you’re considering dental implants in Chatswood then why not get in touch with the friendly and experienced team at Evergreen Dental. We plan meticulously for every dental implant that is placed, so you can be assured that you’re in a safe pair of hands. Give us a call today on (02) 8074 3849 and let us restore your smile safely and efficiently.