Planning on having dental implant surgery soon? Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into first by taking a few minutes to read through this post about risks associated with dental implant surgery and how to deal with them.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks that you need to look out for and be prepared to deal with later on. Whether those risks are less harmful like experiencing general pain or more serious like an infection, it’s good to prepare for either in order to feel confident going into your surgery. Knowing the risks and discussing them prior to surgery with your dental surgeon can also help you to plan ahead of time ways to reduce those risks or even stop them from happening altogether. Continue reading for more information about dental implant risks.
The initial risks of dental implant surgery, as discussed by Smiles For Life Dental Care below, includes pain, infection, harm to oral structures, sinus issues, blood clots, total implant failure, and more. No issue should be considered a small one when it comes to monitoring your dental implants after surgery. How you care for your implants immediately after your operation could have a large impact on their health in the long run and caring for them properly with also help the surgical area to heal faster. Most risks can be dealt with through pre-planning with your dentist and proper hygienic care. Don’t increase the risks of damaging your dental implants or harming your dental health by neglecting to educate yourself on methods of risk prevention.
Potential of Infection Infection is a potential risk of any surgery, and it’s important to keep in mind given the presence of oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. Thankfully infection risk is quite low given modern surgical techniques and approaches.
Outside of the general risks mentioned above are more serious conditions. Below, News Medical describes severe issues that can arise if neglecting to notify your dental surgeon of any smaller issues you may notice. It’s best to schedule frequent visits with your dentist after surgery so that you can get the expertise you deserve and because your dentist is going to be able to spot problem areas that you might not know to look out for. Although, you might risk being vulnerable to these dental health issues, most patients have a positive dental implant experience so long as they follow the advice of their doctor.
There are also some other complications and risks linked to dental implants such as:
- Nerve injury: this causes pain, numbness or paresthesia in the surrounding tissues (e.g. teeth, gums, lips or chin)
- Tissue necrosis: the cells in the flap of tissue around the implant may die in approximately 1 in 20 cases.
- Ingival recession: the gingiva next to the dental implant may recede to expose the metal abutment that holds the prosthetic in place.
- Dehiscence: this failure of wound healing requires bone grafting
- Excessive bleeding
As mentioned before, although there are definitely risks to consider when getting a dental implant surgery, most patients have a positive experience going into dental implant surgery. Your dental surgeon will help to prepare you for potential risks and collaborate with you to come up with a plan for your implant’s care. It’s also likely that your dental health adviser will also take safety steps towards reducing your chance of infection through various techniques including surgical methods, implant materials, and post-operation care procedures.
“Caring for dental implants is quite similar to caring for your natural teeth. Good at-home cleaning habits and regular visits to your dentist can ensure the longevity of dental implants.” Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics OKC has said.
If you follow the recommendations set by your dentist, you could happily continue to smile with your dental implants for the rest of your life. Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry goes over the life expectancy of dental implants and how to deal with surgery risks in the following article.
“Despite the pessimistic outlook that you may derive after reading the above complications, dental implants are still the most successful and least problematic method of replacing your teeth. In my opinion, probably the biggest problem is that dental implants are often the most expensive option compared to traditional dentures and bridges. Therefore if you do have complications the potential loss of your investment can be huge. Make sure to ask your dentist(s) what sort of life expectancy is reasonable, and what is their policy regarding “failures.” I have many patients in the office who have had their implants for 15+ years with no issues, and several with implants for 25-37+ years, also with minimal to no issues.”
To learn more about surgery risks relative to your own dental implants, call our office at (925) 828-9811 today to schedule a consultation with a qualified dental health professional!
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