Infection Risks With Dental Implants
Like most other types of surgeries, dental implants can potentially lead to the development of infections if not cleaned and maintained properly. Bleeding and soreness are common symptoms after receiving a dental implant, which are minor issues that will go away as the implant settles into the jawbone.
However, the sore areas where the gums were incised must be carefully cleaned on a daily basis–sometimes several times a day–and are often recommended to be rinsed with a special, prescribed oral solution to help the incision area to heal. If you fail to follow this care routine, the area through which the implant was placed can develop harmful diseases or face more serious damages than acute soreness.
Look below to see what Dr. Navid Rahmani has to say about implant infections and peri-implantitis:
“Peri-implantitis is similar to gum disease, as the gum tissue and bone around the implant becomes infected and inflamed. It can cause bone loss and implant failure. It is sometimes possible to treat this condition, but other times the implant must be removed to clear up the infection. You are more at risk of developing peri-implantitis if you smoke, have poor oral hygiene or are diabetic and less able to fight infections.”
Pain Risks With Dental Implants
Obviously, when having a surgical procedure, the patient is bound to feel at least a slight throbbing or aching afterward. During the procedure, however, the patient shouldn’t notice any pain in the operation area because of the numbing anesthetic applied by the patient’s dentist.
Burke Dental touches on some of the specific discomforts patients will experience after having a dental implant:
“Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding”
It is highly recommended that patients who experience these symptoms for an unusually long period of time, or who notice an increase in the level of pain they are experiencing, seek out professional help from their dental health advisor before conditions worsen.
Damage Risks With Dental Implants
Some damage risks bound to occur if a proper oral hygiene routine isn’t regularly followed include infection, gum diseases, implant failure, nerve damage, and other severe issues which will have an effect on the rest of the body. These, of course, are serious concerns that will cause the patient much pain and completely diminish the whole goal of the implant procedure by actually negatively impacting the patient’s dental health.
One of the lesser known issues that can arise from new dental implants is permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage is a condition that can occur during multiple stages of an implant procedure and can have various effects depending on the type of damage occurring. In some cases, patients will experience temporary nerve transmission, disorganized regeneration, nerve tearing, scar tissue formation, and much more.
The associates at Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics offer their explanation of nerve damage occurrences and response suggestions:
“Dental Implant Nerve Damage is a known risk for dental implant surgery. It can occur at several different stages of the dental implant procedure. Diagnosing the cause of the injury is very important for how you treat the injury.” – Read more
Sinus Infection Issues With Dental Implants
Along with general damages and pain experienced after having a dental implant procedure, patients sometimes also experience sinus issues in connection with their operation.
Patients who have lost teeth that are looking to get an implant as a solution for eating, appearance, or other reasons should be extra cautious when planning out their procedure. It is common for people who have lost teeth to also have lost a noticeable portion of bone where an implant is secured during surgery. Without enough bone for the implant to settle in, it’s possible for dental implants to get stuck in the maxillary sinus which increases a patient’s risk for developing an infection and makes them experience intolerable pain. To avoid this issue, it’s extremely important to go over potential hazards with a dental professional and to follow the hygiene protocol recommended post-surgery.
To hear more about the risks involved when getting a dental implant, watch this video to see what Dr. Reney Varghese has to say about the matter.
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