Dental Implants

For decades, dental implants have been used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. They allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally, so you can smile, laugh, and eat your favorite meal without any dental issues.

What are the risks of having dental implants?

Risks include:

  • Infection at the implant site
  • Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
  • Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
  • Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
  • Allergic reaction. You may develop a reaction if you’re allergic to titanium alloy, a metal in some dental implants. Symptoms of an allergy include swelling, loss of taste, and perhaps a tingling sensation. Mention a titanium allergy to your oral surgeon. You’ll need an implant that contains a different material.
  • Failure to follow your doctor’s instructions. Your activities and habits have an impact, too. Follow your dentists post-surgery instructions to lower the risk of complications.

What are signs of dental implant failure?

Dental implant failure signs of a complication include:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Gum inflammation
  • Gum recession
  • Increased swelling
  • Loosening of an implant or a replaced tooth
  • Severe pain or discomfort

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