What complications can happen after dental implant placement?

What complications can happen after dental implant placement?

As with any surgical procedure, dental implant placement is associated with a possible risk of certain negative outcomes. Only a small percentage of patients will experience these dental implant complications, but they can reduce the long-term effectiveness of the devices in addition to having an immediate impact on a patient’s oral health.

The following list includes the most frequent dental implant complications.

Infections – All oral surgery introduces the possibility of infection, including dental implant placement.
Loose implants – If the dental implant does not fully osseointegrate, it may be loose and fail to remain in place.
Bone loss at implant site – Implant placement requires adequate bone material to form a solid bond with the implant. If there is insufficient bone to support this process, the implant can fail.
Nerve impairment – there are a number of nerves that may be located in the vicinity of the implant site, and they may be damaged in the process of placing the implant.
Cosmetic problems – If the healing process does not proceed normally, the patient may develop cosmetic flaws at the implant site.

Your SDNY treating dentist will thoroughly review all of the possible complications with you. Fortunately, you may be able to limit the likelihood that you will suffer from these outcomes.

As you plan for dental implant placement, you and your implant surgeon will work together to develop a plan to reduce your risk of post-operative complications. He or she will give you instructions on proper hygiene techniques in the days immediately following your surgery to reduce your chances of developing an infection.

Working with a specialist with extensive experience in placing dental implants can reduce your risk of negative outcomes. For example, a skilled practitioner who has performed many dental implant placement procedures is probably less likely to damage a nerve in the area than a dentist who only performs this surgery occasionally.

Identifying possible problems, like insufficient bone at the implant site, can also help to prevent complications following dental implant placement.

Some patients suffer complications following dental implant placement, but you can work with your dentist to reduce your chances of negative outcomes. Be sure to discuss this aspect of your treatment well before the procedure so that you can develop an appropriate post-operative plan.

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