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Dental Implants Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are a number of complications with dental implants that can result in the total failure of the implant. The best way to ensure the success of your implants is to stay in good dental health, manage your aftercare well, and choose a skilled and experienced dentist. Book an appointment with Dental Implants London Clinic today!


Possible Dental Implant Complications


It’s possible for the implant to fail to fuse with the jawbone, and become loose or fall out after a few months. This can be caused by incorrect placing during surgery, insufficient bone density, overloading, surrounding tissue damage, sudden impact, fractured implants, and even allergies to the anesthesia.


Poor dental hygiene during or after surgery can lead to a buildup of bacteria, causing infection. Symptoms include red and swollen gums near the implant, resulting in bone loss and the failure of the implant. Infection can sometimes be treated, but the implant has to be taken out in most cases. Patients who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, diabetes, and/or thin gums are most likely to develop infection.


It’s possible your body may view the implant as a foreign object. The implant may therefore be rejected and pushed out. 


A rare complication usually caused by an inexperienced dentist, nerve and tissue surrounding the implant can become damaged. This happens when the implant is fitted too close to a nerve, resulting in extreme pain, tingling or numbness in the surrounding area. The damage can be undone, but the implant usually needs to be removed.


It’s normal for a small amount of tissue to become damaged and swollen after dental implant surgery. If your symptoms become extreme, you should contact your dentist immediately.


Although rare, some patients have an allergic reaction to the titanium in the teeth implants, resulting in symptoms of itchiness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Overloading can be a risk of immediate loading during the implant surgery: a one-stage procedure that fits the abutment and crown onto the implant straight away. Implant surgery is usually a two-stage process which allows time for dental implants to fuse with the jawbone before placing the crown or bridgework. Immediate loading results in a faster treatment time and recovery. However, complications can occur as the implant integration is disrupted by the excess pressure of the abutment and/or crown or bridgework.


Sometimes the implant can bend or break, despite being made of titanium. A knock to the face, or excessive pressure can also fracture or break the implant.


What To Do If You Experience Complications


If you experience any complications after implant surgery, contact your dentist immediately. If a dental implant fails, it usually has to be removed and the area left to heal. It will take at least a year for the area to recover before the implant can be attempted again. A bone graft may be necessary to provide enough strength and support for the implant.


If you experience further problems, you may either:



To determine the cause of your complication, it’s best to visit another dentist for a second opinion. If the complication is down to yourself alone, your dentist should explain the issue and let you know if alternative restorations will work.


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