Problems With Dental Implants And How to Avoid Them
Problems with dental implants are probably the last thing you want to hear about when you’re looking to replace a missing tooth or teeth with dental implants. That said, the procedure does have an impressive success rate overall of around 95% but like any surgery, certain problems can occur. Fortunately, the majority of these problems don’t occur that often and can be avoided with careful planning and care. So let’s take a closer look at 5 of the most common problems with dental implants and ways of avoiding them.
1. Dental Implants Don’t Bond To The Jawbone
This is by far one of the most common problems with dental implants and occurs when the natural process of osseointegration fails to take place properly. In the weeks following implant placement, the surrounding bone should start to bond to the surface of the titanium implant post securing it tightly into the jaw to provide a strong platform which can support a dental crown. If the implant is too loose, too much bone loss has occurred, or the implant falls right out, then it’s safe to say that your implant has failed.
An implant can fail to bond to your jawbone for a variety of reasons, including
• You don’t have sufficient bone
• Structures are damaged around your implants area
• You get struck in the face
• It may have been placed in the wrong position
• Your implant cracks or fractures
• You’re a smoker
So, can a failed dental implant be replaced? In most cases, yes. Your dentist will remove the implant, provided it hasn’t already fallen out, and allow the site to fully heal before attempting to place the implant once more.
An infection can occur during surgery and is usually the cause of poor hygiene. This is why it’s
important to only have your dental implants placed by a reputable, experienced implant dentist, such as Ava Maria Dental. You may also encounter gum disease which can spell trouble for dental implants since they rely on healthy bone tissue to keep them secured to the jawbone. If you have a dental implant infection, antibiotics may be prescribed by your dentist to help clear it up quickly. Signs of an infection include gums that are bright red in colour, swelling, soreness and bleeding. Remember – mild gum disease if it isn’t brought under control may cause peri-implantitis which can lead to gum recession and bone erosion, which may loosen your dental implants or cause them to fall out. This is why it’s even more important to maintain good oral health before, during, and after the dental implants procedure.
Smoking is public enemy number one as far as dental implants are concerned and are another common reason for implant failure. Although many smokers do undergo implant surgery successfully, failure rates are significantly higher than for non-smokers. Smoking increases the likelihood of the jaw not bonding properly with the implant, of getting an infection, and of developing peri-implantitis. Read more about the negative effects of smoking and oral health.
4. Nerve Damage
Nerve damage can occur when a patient is undergoing surgery for dental implants and is usually caused by an inexperienced dentist. If an implant is placed too close to the inferior alveolar nerve which runs across the jawline, it can cause temporary or permanent numbness or tingling in your gums, tongue, lips, or chin. Some patients may even feel severe pain after dental implant placement. In most cases, your dental implant will need to be removed.
5. Sinus/bone density
Some patients may experience problems with dental implants because of their jawbone or sinuses.
If your jawbone hadn’t got sufficient depth and volume, then you may require a bone graft to build more bone. Sometimes this can be done at the same time as implant surgery but other times it will be done prior to surgery and will add time to the overall procedure.
If a person is missing a tooth on their upper jaw for some while they may have incurred significant bone loss. This being the case, having dental implants placed in that area could be problematic since an implant could enter the maxillary sinus increasing the risk of discomfort and sinus infection. To overcome this problem your dentist may have to perform a sinus lift which is really another type of bone graft that is used to add more bone into the sinus region. If you have a history of sinusitis then you should always mention this to your dentist when considering dental implants.
Don’t let these problems prevent you from having dental implants. Provided you choose an implant dentist with years of experience and a proven track record, such as ourselves, you can be assured that we know exactly what we’re doing.
If you’re considering dental implants in Narre Warren then get in touch with Ava Maria Dental today by calling at (03) 8797 5078. Our dental implants service is sure to leave you smiling.