The implant procedure requires surgery, which is why dental implant costs so much. While usually problem-free, you may develop a dental implant infection, so after the procedure, look for common dental implant infection symptoms. An infected dental implant can be painful and require emergency treatment from an implant dentist.
Dental implants are replacement structures for missing teeth. They are bolted, with a titanium screw, directly to your jawbone. The titanium screw fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, providing the same solid connection of a natural tooth. It’s a permanent solution to teeth restoration.
Although often highly successful, a number of issues can occur when you receive a dental implant. Statistically, less than five percent of individuals ever experience a dental implant infection or other problem, but knowing all your options and concerns better prepares you for your implant procedure. You also reduce the risks of dental implant problems when you visit a talented team of our experienced dental professionals.
Some Common Risks Associated with Implants
Dental implant surgery consists of cutting into your gum, exposing the jawbone and drilling holes for the dental implant anchor. Your cosmetic dentist who is also a seasoned general dentist — gives you local anesthesia and possibly a sedative for your comfort before starting. Most people feel little or no pain during the procedure and only mild soreness, bruising and bleeding afterward. It is a surgery, however, and with surgery come risks, such as:
- All surgeries open the body to the chance of infection. Dental implant infection can occur as well since all your food and drink pass through your mouth. An infected dental implant is serious; see your dentist immediately, even if you need a Sunday dentist.
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth, gums or blood vessels can occur during the procedure. Always visit a cosmetic dentist experienced in dental implants.
- Surgery rarely causes nerve damage. Pain, numbness, or tingling of your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin are the typical signs of damage.
- If there’s insufficient bone mass, your dentist may have to do a bone graft first. With bone loss, the dental implant can be incorrectly positioned.
- Occasionally, implants fracture due to an uneven bite or other concerns.
- Rarely, the bonding of the post or implant with your jawbone doesn’t proceed as expected.
- Smokers experience a higher than average rejection rate of dental implants, so you will be advised to quit.
- Your physical health and condition can jeopardize implant success. Bone growth is affected by blood supply, so if it’s compromised by diabetes or high blood pressure, implant rejection or an infected dental implant is possible.
- Your dentist may opt for immediate loading — placing a crown on your implant right away. But it’s rare. The pressure put on the implant by chewing could compromise the bonding or ossification process.
All these dental implant problems are fairly rare. Few patients experience issues. Knowing the signs keeps you ahead of any concerns.
Symptoms of Dental Implant Problems
Dental implant infection is usually the primary concern of any good general dentist. After your procedure, watch for dental implant infection symptoms, such as:
- Red swelling lasting more than a few days
- Extreme tenderness for more than a few days
- Any pus-colored or bad smelling discharge from the site
- Redness or streaking down your face and jaw
- Fever or chills
Dental implant infection is serious and needs to be treated immediately. The good news is that your dentist can usually treat the infection and attempt an implant at a later date.
Sinus Issues with Implants
One other notable condition can occur as a result of dental implants. Your upper teeth sit against your sinuses, so an infected dental implant can protrude into your sinus cavity and become inflamed. Implants placed in your upper back jaw can be difficult, not only due to the proximity to your sinuses but due to insufficient bone quality and quantity. The bone in this area is not as dense, heavy, or thick as your lower jawbone, which hinders the osseointegration or bonding process.
You should mention any previous sinus surgeries during your medical history. If your dentist determines the bone is insufficient for an implant, the options are:
- Grafting a small piece of bone at the root of the implant. This surgery takes about four to eight months to heal before introducing an implant.
- Performing a sinus augmentation. Your dentist lifts the existing bone slightly, into the sinus cavity, creating space for a more sizeable bone graft. This bone graft can take four months to a year to heal before introducing the implant.
Dental Implant Costs
Dental implants are not always covered by insurance, so cost can be a factor. Ask your dentist about financing options for help with your budgetary needs before you make a decision.
Regarding aftercare, practice good oral hygiene and avoid chewing hard items. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth and dental work. Open on weekends, your Saturday dentist or Sunday dentist prepares a customized treatment plan for your dental needs and budgetary concerns.
Do you have any questions about dental implant problems? For more information or to schedule an appointment with the best implant dentist Farzin Farokhzadeh, DDS of Park Avenue Smiles please contact our cosmetic dentistry clinic.