A missing tooth is not just a self-confidence buster, it can also adversely affect your health. When a tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth will eventually shift their position. Moreover, your bite becomes misaligned, in what’s called a malocclusion, which can wear the teeth and stress the jaw. More problems can develop soon after a tooth goes missing.
Dental implants are a popular permanent solution for missing teeth. The advantages of getting dental implants are many. They look natural, restore bite function, and prevent gum disease and facial sagging. However, just like any treatment, there are risks to getting a dental implant. Learning about the risks is important, as it helps you make an informed decision about your dental health.
Let’s talk about the risks associated with getting dental implants.
It is possible to develop an infection after dental implant surgery. This is a serious risk not just for your health but also puts the entire treatment at risk of failing. An infection can prevent the implant from fusing with the jaw bone. Infection after getting dental implants is preventable if you follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions.
#2 Implant Rejection
Another risk is the implant being rejected by your body, and this usually occurs in patients with a titanium allergy. Dental implants are made with titanium, which is the most biologically compatible metal. Patients with a titanium allergy should let their dentist know during the medical evaluation.
#3 Sinus Problems
Dental implants, when placed in the upper jaw, can impinge on the maxillary sinus cavity, and in some cases, it may be caused by an error in the placement of the implants. Experienced dentists take a panoramic dental X-ray to determine how to properly place the dental implants and prevent sinus problems.
#4 Dental Implant Failure
There are many possible causes of dental implant failure, such as poor oral hygiene, poorly controlled chronic diseases like diabetes, physical trauma, and failure of the bone to protect the implant. In the case of failure of the bone to secure the implant, bone grafting can help prevent it. There should be adequate bone density for a dental implant to remain securely in place.
#5 Nerve Injury
Dental implants are surgically implanted deep in the jaw bone. Nerve injury can occur during drilling or a nerve can become compressed by the dental implant itself. The trigeminal nerve, which is located at the side of your head in front of your ear, is the most commonly injured nerve from dental implant surgery.
The risks of getting a dental implant are greatly reduced if you choose an experienced dentist for the procedure. Choosing the right dental implant surgeon is most critical if you want to greatly reduce the chances of side effects or complications of dental implants.
Dr. Ernie Soto is a highly skilled and experienced dentist on Plantation. Dr. Soto has been practicing dentistry in South Florida since 1990, and implant surgery is his expertise. He is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the American College of Oral Implantology, and the American Society of Osseointegration. Dr. Soto is dedicated to continuing education and learning the most innovative techniques for the benefit of patients.
Dr. Soto is committed to giving you the best outcomes from dental implant surgery. To schedule a consultation, call our Plantation dental clinic today at (954) 368-6264, or use our convenient appointment request form. We look forward to providing you with life-changing dental solutions for your problem.