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What Risks Are Associated With Dental Implants
Dallas, TX


Dentist examines a patient for risks associated with the dental implants inside of the person's teeth, at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates in Dallas, TX. Dental implants are an effective and successful solution for missing or damaged teeth. While the dental implant procedure is safe and quick, it might not be the right solution for everyone. It is essential to understand the risks involved before you go in for the treatment.

At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we conduct a thorough check to ensure you are the ideal candidate for dental implants or whether another procedure like bridges would world best for you. Dr. Wallace and Dr. Gannon will guide you through the process and inform you about the risks and alternative procedures so you can make the best possible decision.

Potential Risks of Dental Implants


The effects of tooth loss can be treated with dental implants, restoring your natural smile and the functionality of your teeth. Problems with implants are rare, but like other surgeries, there might be certain risks.

Gum Recession


The gum tissue surrounding the implant might start receding in some cases, resulting in pain and inflammation. Getting immediate medical attention is essential to avoid going through an implant removal.

Infection


As with every surgery, there is always a minor risk of an infection in the place of the wound. Taking proper care of your implants will help you avoid the infection. Be sure to consult the dentist if you are experiencing the following signs of infection:
•  Consistent bad breath
•  Swollen gums
•  Pus
•  Gaps between teeth that weren’t present before
•  Loose teeth

Implant Failure or Rejection


In rare cases, the body starts rejecting the implants, resulting in infected or loose implants that would need replacement. The causes of implant rejection might include:
•  Peri-implantitis (gum inflammation)
•  Lack of osseointegration
•  Bad oral habits, like teeth grinding

Sinus Issues


Another rare risk of dental implants is sinus problems. This happens if the implant gets into a sinus cavity, which results in complications.

Damage to the Nerves


The dental implant could accidentally be placed close to the nerve, leading to pain, tingling, or numbness. While short-term side effects are common with this procedure, nerve damage could result in long-term issues requiring medical attention.

What Happens After the Dental Implant Procedure?


The majority of dental implant procedures are successful and have no complications. In case of minor issues, it is best to consult the dentist to get the issue fixed. Generally, after the procedure is completed, the dentist creates an aftercare plan that would work best with your routine. This aftercare plan would include hygiene tips and recommendations, changes in diet to ensure smooth healing, and follow-up visits. Be sure to consult the dentist immediately if you experience the following:
•  Chewing issues
•  Constant pain that doesn’t go away within a week
•  Issues in opening the mouth
•  Problems while speaking
•  Face swelling
•  Gum infection
•  Toothache

When Should You Avoid Dental Implants?


For some patients, dental implants could be a risky procedure. For instance, having leukemia, uncontrolled diabetes, neck or head radiation therapy, or if you regularly smoke. It is best to inform the dentist about your entire medical history and lifestyle to ensure you are the right candidate for dental implants.

The dentist might recommend bridges for your issue, and you can discuss the pros and cons of dental implants vs. bridges to make the right decision. Before you get dental implants, fully understand the procedure, cost, aftercare, and review your medical history with our dentist. Go through the Dental Implant FAQ to understand the procedure better, or book an appointment for an initial consultation.
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