Common Dental Implant Problems – Continued

Some potential problems with the dental implant are actually related to the crown, or artificial tooth, placed on top of the implant itself. Over time, the force of chewing can cause the crown to become cracked or worn, or cause it to become unattached from the underlying implant. Fortunately, the crown may be replaced by your doctor, making your artificial tooth good as new.

Infection is another potential problem with dental implants. Infection of the bone or gums surrounding the implant tends to occur shortly after the implant is inserted into the jaw, but can also occur at any time after implant placement. Certain patients, such as smokers, those taking medications that affect their immune system, or those with poor dental hygiene, have an increased risk of infection. Implants are also more likely to become infected if placed by an inexperienced dentist. An infected implant may be treatable, but in most cases it must be removed. To avoid the risk of infection, be sure to follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions.

To reduce the risk of problems with your dental implants, choose a qualified dentist to perform the procedure. Make sure  that your dentist knows your full medical history so that he or she can judge whether you are a good candidate for implants. Finally, be sure to follow your dentist’s post treatment instructions, and visit your dentist if you notice any signs of a problem with the implant.

Dental implant problems are infrequent, but still a possibility.  There is no doubt that, in the hands of a skilled and experienced dentist,  implants can be successful, and have transformed thousands of patients’ lives.  However, there can be problems associated with dental implants, and it is important to be fully informed when making the decision to get dental implants.


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