As surgeries go, dental implants are relatively painless, easy, and quick. However, that doesn’t stop them from being a kind of surgery and you can run into dental implant problems, especially if you don’t take care of them properly during the recovery period. Over 95 percent of all dental implants will never encounter any major issues, but several things can happen to the few that do.
1. Osseointegration Failure
Titanium has the unique ability to fuse directly to bone, and it fuses so completely that you would have to break the bone to get the titanium implant out. However, sometimes this osseointegration fails, usually because of something like a sudden impact before the integration finished, not enough surrounding bone to support the implant, or the implant itself breaks. It’s possible that your jaw won’t have enough bone to support a full-size implant if your tooth has been gone for several months or longer, but your periodontist should notice this and choose other options.
Infection is a risk in every surgery, and your mouth has plenty of bacteria in it looking for food sources. However, good oral hygiene goes a long way to keep this from happening, and even if you do get an infection you can usually treat it without having to remove the implant.
With some dental implant procedures, it’s possible to install the crown, bridge, or denture much sooner than usual, possibly even on the same day. But to do this right, the implant needs to be very secure and the surrounding gums need to be in good shape. The dentist installing the appliance needs to make a judgment call, and if it’s the wrong call it can cause dental implant problems and put more pressure on the implant than it can take or damage the gums.
4. Sinus Damage
When adding implants to the upper jaw, dental surgeons have to be careful to make sure the implants don’t intrude on any of the sinus cavities in the skull. In some cases, patients need bone grafts just to make sure an implant replacing an upper molar doesn’t dig in too deep. If an implant enters a sinus, it can cause an infection.
Dental implant problems are very rare, but they do happen and you should be aware of what they are. That way if you’re one of the unlucky few, you’ll be able to understand what’s happening and hopefully fix it before the implant fails.
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