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Complications Due to Dental Implants

Dentists looking at a cranial x-ray at the hospitalDental implants are the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Unlike the alternative (a dental bridge), a dental implant maintains the integrity of neighboring teeth and is considered to be a long-term tooth replacement. 

As with many medical and dental procedures, there are some risks associated with the placement of a dental implant. Selecting a board-certified oral surgeon for your dental implant procedure is the first step to ensuring a successful outcome. Being aware of the risks associated with dental implants will prepare you for what may occur in unlikely circumstances:

  • Infection at the implant site which may lead to implant rejection
  • Damage to the nerves in and around the implant site that could lead to pain or numbness
  • Dental implant failure due to inadequate bone
  • Damage to sinus cavity due to improper placement

Avoiding Risks

To avoid some of the risks associated with dental implants, it is recommended that you:

  • Choose a qualified and trained oral surgeon who will work cooperatively with your general dentist for a complete and successful restoration.
  • Inform your oral surgeon and dentist about all medical conditions and medications that you take so that a proper treatment plan can be designed specifically for you.
  • Take good care of yourself. Eat healthy food, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep.
  • Quit smoking! Smoking is directly related to implant failure because of the greater incidence of peri-implantitis and bone loss after implant placement.

By choosing a board-certified oral surgeon to perform your dental implant procedure, you will be in good hands and may possibly reduce the risks associated with this surgery. Our board-certified surgeons will assess any unique risks before the process begins and make small adjustments along the way to prevent infections and other complications from gaining ground while you recover. 

If you think dental implants are the right solution for you, contact us for a consultation, or visit for more information. 

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