Risks of Dental Implants

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, meaning there are some risks that patients must understand beforehand. Although it is a safe procedure with a high success rate, it pays to become educated in the potential complications and how to avoid them. Dr. John Rink in Charleston, SC, invites you to learn more about dental implant risks.

Early treatment of dental implant infections can usually reverse the problem.

Infection: Causes and Treatments

After dental implant placement, patients will experience some discomfort and bleeding at the placement site. The vast majority of post-surgery side effects will subside within 10 to 14 days. However, issues that do not go away may indicate an infection.

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Persistent redness, swelling, or discharge could indicate an infection.

Indicators of a dental implant infection can include:

  • Discharge coming from around the dental implant
  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums that persist longer than 10 to 14 days
  • Loose dental implants
  • Persistent pain at the dental implant placement site

Dental implant infections can result from:

  • Non-compliance with the doctor's post-surgical care instructions
  • Poorly performed surgery
  • An inexperienced surgeon

Early treatment of dental implant infections can usually reverse the problem, which can eliminate the need to repair or replace the dental implant. Treatment involves cleaning and sanitizing the periodontal pockets around the dental implant. Patients are usually also asked to follow a course of antibiotics.

Failure to Integrate: Causes and Treatments

If a dental implant remains loose several months after placement surgery, it may be a sign of integration failure. This means that the bone around the dental implant has not fused with the implant as expected.

There are a couple of different reasons why a dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone. First, the bone may not be healthy or dense enough to support the implant. Secondly (and less commonly), the body could reject the dental implant as a foreign object in the jaw.

If a problem arises with your dental implant, Dr. Rink can carefully evaluate the affected area and determine the best way to remedy the issue. In some cases, you may require dental implant removal followed by a bone graft or other surgical procedure. This can help improve the surgical site and help you become eligible for another dental implant placement surgery after the site has fully healed.

Sinus Complications 

During surgery, there is a risk of a dental implant puncturing the sinus membranes. This is usually due to a poorly planned procedure. If this occurs, the tissue can be repaired and you can become eligible for another treatment following a sinus lift procedure. This involves adding bone tissue to the upper jaw and elevating the sinuses in order to make room for the implants.

The best way to avoid this and other complications is to choose an experienced provider. Dr. Rink is on staff at the Medical University of South Carolina's Dental School. He has been in practice for nearly 20 years and has helped many patients experience the vast benefits of dental implants.

Contact Us to Learn More

As Dr. Rink's patient, you can expect to be informed of all aspects of your treatment. This includes the risks of surgery and the ways in which Dr. Rink can help ensure your safety. Contact us online or call us at (843) 766-1132 to arrange a consultation.

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