Although the dental implant process is mostly safe there are still a number of possible dental implant problems. Because a foreign object is being adhered directly to your jaw bone many common surgical complications may occur. Some of these common complications include infection, dental implant rejection, implant failure, implant overload, inflammation, and even bone loss. However, using a qualified periodontist can significantly reduce the chance of surgical complications during the implant process. Make sure to ask your periodontist the right questions before the surgery.
Common Dental Implant Problems
Infection is a common complication of any surgery and dental implants are no exception. Generally, infection is most common during the initial placement of the titanium anchors into the jaw bone. The mouth is a common breeding ground of various bacteria’s from food and germs and exposed tissue is easily infection if not cared for properly.
When a titanium anchor is placed into the jaw the body in some cases will want to reject the implant. This is because the body considers the anchor a foreign object. This is similar to organ transplants or other forms of artificial implants. This is not a common complication but is based on specific patients genetics.
Another possible dental implant problem is called implant overload. Implant overload happens when multiple implants are inserted at the same time. It’s important that each implant evenly aligns with the jaw bone to create individual roots for each tooth. To prevent dental implant overload you should reduce the amount of biting pressure when eating until the healing process is complete.
Inflammation is the irritation of bodily tissues. When a titanium anchor is screwed into the jaw bone this can irritate the surrounding gums and tissues. Although inflammation is sometimes a normal side effect of the surgery, it can cause significant problems if not reduced.
In rare cases, one dental implant problem, known as dental implant failure may occur. Dental implant failure is when the metal, usually titanium, breaks or wears in some form. This is less common than previously before due to the fact dental implants are now produced with higher manufacturing standards.
Periodontal disease can cause bone loss around the jaw and teeth and is often the reason for receiving dental implants. Although dental implants are usually beneficial for bone loss, they can also have the reverse effect and increase bone loss around the implant. It’s important to have X-Rays taken of the jaw before undergoing any type of dental implant surgery.
This is just an example of several possible dental implant problems. In most cases, dental implant surgeries are very safe with a low occurrence of complications. It is important that you discuss any concerns regarding your medical history with your periodontist before receiving dental implants.