What Risks Are Associated With Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly safe when performed by an experienced dentist. It’s a procedure that provides a solid foundation for missing teeth and improves the appearance and function of teeth. Experts believe that dental implants work better than dentures and bridgework. They are stronger, more durable, and more comfortable.
However, like any other surgery that involves making cuts and incisions, dental implants carry a few risks. At Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, our friendly dentists Dr. Michael Han and will brief you on all the risks associated with dental implants.
Every surgery carries a risk of infection, and dental implants are no exception to this rule. Infected dental implants may cause inflammation in and around the surrounding soft tissue, often due to peri-implantitis. A wobbly implant, bad breath, puffy gums around the surgical site, and visible pus are some of the signs of dental implant infection.
Our dentist will give you post-op instructions that you must follow in order to minimize your chances of getting an infection. Contact the dentist immediately if the surgical site feels painful or drains fluid. Additional procedures may be required to treat infections affecting the bone or gum.
Dental implants require the surgeon to drill into the lower jaw. This procedure must be performed with utmost care and precaution to avoid harming sensitive nerves. Drilling too deep into the lower jaw can increase the chances of causing nerve injury by hitting the inferior alveolar nerve. This condition is not to be taken lightly because nerve damage can result in facial pain and numbness. The surgeon may recommend moving the nerve if there is a risk of injury. It is important to treat nerve damage injuries as soon as possible to prevent any permanent injuries.
Dental Implant Rejection
Although it is extremely rare, there have been cases of dental implant rejection. However, very few dental implant surgeries are known to fail. This means that the success rate of dental implant surgeries is about 95%.
All hope is not lost though, because failed implants can be replaced with new ones, especially if the cause of the dental implant failure is identified and avoided. One of the biggest symptoms of dental implant failure is pain and discomfort. The implant will also feel wobbly and not anchored in position. The most common reason for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, an infection in the jawbone.
Improper Dental Implant Surgery
It is entirely possible for inexperienced dentists to make an error when placing a dental implant. For example, the dentist may place the implant at an angle in any direction. This can lead to problems with the implant and may even lead to failure. Implants that are placed at an angle do not have proper support from the jawbone and will likely not last long.
You don’t have to be concerned about dental implant surgery because our dentists know the ins and outs of cosmetic dentistry. To get a smile makeover and restore your confidence, contact us today at (657) 341-0808 to schedule an appointment.