Dental implants are a longtime replacement for missing teeth and are a popular alternative to fixed bridges or removable dentures. As with other surgical procedures, there are a variety of external and internal factors that can cause complications or even failure of the treatment.
While dental implant procedures have an impressive track record, some patients do experience some complications. The majority of the complications that do occur are minor and easy to resolve. At Meza Dental Care, we recommend you consult your dentist as soon as possible if something goes wrong.
The following are some of the possible causes of dental implant problems that you may need to be aware of before deciding to get dental implants.
Peri-implantitis, also known as an infection, is one of the common complications of dental implants. Peri-implantitis can set in when bacteria is present during oral surgery or post-surgery. The cement used during the implants to secure crowns onto the abutment can also cause this problem. Patients with diabetes, thin gums, smokers, and those with poor oral hygiene are at higher risk of developing this infection. However, Peri-implantitis can sometimes be treated, but in most cases, it requires removing the implants.
Osseointegration is often attributed to the failure of the jawbone to fuse properly with the implant. An implant is regarded as a failure if it falls out or shows signs of bone loss after the surgery. Many factors that can cause Osseointegration to happen include insufficient bone density or volume, incorrect positioning, overloading, external force/sudden impact, damage to surrounding tissues, fractured implants, or even a reaction to anesthesia. Procedures such as a sinus lift or a bone graft can help address this problem.
- Nerve & Tissue Damage
Damage to the tissue or nerve surrounding the implant is another possible but rare problem. Patients may experience chronic pain, numbness, or tingling in their cheek, tongue, lips, or chin when an implant is placed very close to a nerve. In most cases, this problem is caused by mistakes made by an incompetent dentist. The damage could be permanent or temporary, and the implant might need to be removed to solve this problem.
- Sinus Problems
Sinuses can be a major challenge when replacing teeth in the upper row. An oral surgeon may carryout a sinus augmentation to develop a strong bone foundation. The stages in this procedure involve lifting the current bone into the sinus cavity to create enough space in the bone graft. However, if the implant extends into the sinus cavity, the area can become infected. A CT scan or X-ray can easily detect this problem, then followed by corrective surgery. Patients should inform their surgeon of sinus issues before the implant procedure.
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