By William Huynh
Complications can arise with any medical procedure, including dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for a lost tooth. Other alternatives for missing teeth include dental bridges and removable dentures, but dental implants are the most popular of the three. During the procedure, implants are fixed directly into the jawbone. The result is a tooth that looks and functions like your old one. The only disadvantage is that this procedure is expensive. It may also take longer to heal than your average dental procedure.
Quite a successful number of dental implant procedures have been carried out around the world. However, some cases involve patients developing complications after the procedure. Below are a few of the most common complications.
Loose or Dislodged Implant
This does not occur immediately, as it happens after several months. It occurs when the artificial tooth fails to fuse properly with the jawbone of the patient. If the implant is loose or moves around too much months after it was implanted, then it is considered to be a failure. This particular complication can be caused by various things including damage to surrounding tissue during surgery, incorrect positioning, sudden external impact, low bone density, allergic reaction to anesthesia or even a broken implant. In order for an implant to fuse properly with the jawbone, there must be enough bone density. If this is lacking, then any of the factors mentioned above can cause a loose implant.
An infection mostly happens before, during or a few weeks after the procedure. If bacteria is present in the mouth during the surgery, and poor dental hygiene is practiced afterwards, it can be so easy for an infection to develop. That is why your dentist will stress on the importance of oral hygiene on a daily basis, and more so after a dental procedure. If there was an undetected gum disease, then that too could develop and cause complications for the new tooth. You are a greater risk of developing an infection if you smoke, drink alcohol, practice poor hygiene or suffer from diabetes.
These mostly happen in teeth that are being replaced in the upper row. It occurs when an implant is left protruding into the sinus cavity of the patient, leaving it inflamed and tender. It is a complication that can be corrected by removing and repositioning the implant.
Another complication that may arise is the damage to surrounding nerves or tissue. Sometimes a dentist may place an implant too close to a nerve. As the jawbone heals and fuses with the tooth, the patient may experience chronic pain or numbness in their gum or teeth. If the pain or numbness persists, then the implant will need to be removed and placed in a new position. It is also normal to experience some form of tissue damage during the procedure, and patients should expect some amount of bleeding. However, in some cases, the bleeding may be excessive or last longer than a day, and a doctor may need to be notified.
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