If you’ve visited our blog before, you have read about the merits of dental implant procedures. That’s because they are an amazing replacement for missing teeth and have been used successfully in the Cary area for over 30 years. At Cary Family Dental, close to 98% of our implant placements are successful. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In today’s article, we will review possible complications of an implant.
Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic before implant surgery.
How to protect against infection:
Beginning the second day post-surgery, an implant patient should rinse with a salt water solution. This helps prevent infection while the implant site is healing. The patient should continue normal daily dental hygiene and start brushing and flossing the implant as soon their dentist recommends. If an infection develops weeks after the surgery, another course of antibiotics usually takes care of it.
A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include severe gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. Dr. Acton takes preexisting conditions into account when advising potential implant recipients.
Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of the physical proximity, an implant can pierce the floor of the sinus cavity. This is so rare, most implant dentists have never had a dental implant recipient experience it. One such case was documented by the International Journal of Implant Dentistry. An implant recipient experienced obstructed nasal airflow. It was discovered that the implant had broken through the nasal floor. The tooth implant recipient underwent surgery to repair it. The surgery was successful and the patient was able to retain the implant.
If an implant fails to mesh with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.
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