Common Dental Implant Problems

Dental implants are a popular solution to the problem of missing teeth. Implants anchor an artificial tooth to the jawbone, creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement to fill in the gap created by a missing tooth. While most patients do not have complications after receiving dental implants, problems do occasionally occur. It is important to understand these potential risks before getting implants.

Here are the 3 most common dental implant problems:

Once the titanium implant screw is inserted into the jaw bone, it is left alone for several months for the process of osseointegration, during which time the implant becomes fused to the bone. If this process fails to occur, the implant will not provide a solid anchor for the artificial tooth, which may be pulled out of the mouth. It is also possible for the body to reject the implant as a foreign body, pushing the screw out of the bone and gums. Immediately following implant placement, avoid placing any pressure on the area, which can cause stress or prevent the implant from healing properly and forming a solid bond with the bone.

Nerve damage is another problem that may be caused by dental implants. This is usually caused by the dentist’s improper work, which places the screw too close to a nerve. It can cause dental implant pain as well as numbness in the cheek or other surrounding areas. These complications may be temporary or permanent, and usually require removal of the implant.

Another problem posed by dental implants is failure of the implant itself. Though it is made of metal, usually titanium, it is possible for the screw to bend or break. Although this is less common than years ago, when dental implants were made with different materials and less precision, it is still possible, and would require removal of the implant.


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