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Problems with Tooth Implants

Updated at: Jul 10, 2018
Dental Health
Written by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jul 10, 2018
Problems with Tooth Implants

Tooth implants are generally successful, but sometimes complications such as tooth implant infection, nerve damage, breakage of the implant and insufficient bone mass may occur.

Dental implants are a common treatment for placing a tooth on the place of a missing tooth or replacing a damaged tooth. Reports show that tooth implants have high success rate and most patients are extremely satisfied with the results. Problems with tooth implants are rarely reported, but they do occur sometimes. Some of the problems with dental implants include:

Tooth Implant Infection

Risk of infection is the primary reason for dental implant rejection. Dental implant infection or pre-implantitis can be caused during the dental implant surgery or  crown restoration. Poor oral hygiene by the patient is a potent cause of infection as well. After the occurrence of an infection, patient will experience inflammation of the bone that surrounds the area of the implant. This infection can get severe that  may even cause bone loss. To remove the infection, you can get cleaning for removing the existing plaque. Keep good oral hygiene and ask your dentist for antiseptic mouthwash or other antibiotics.

Insufficient Bone Mass

The tooth implant does not bind to the bone properly if it is placed in an area in the jaw where the bone volume is minimum. If this condition is detected at an early stage, bone grafting can be performed when the tooth implant surgery is undertaken, thereby lowering the chances of any probable complications.

Unsteady Implants

This problem usually occurs when the technique used in the placement of the implant is inappropriate. Sometimes, the dentist loads the implants soon after their placement, which disturbs the  osseointegration process leading to tooth implant failure. Poor integration of the implant with the bone material can be another problem in proper tooth implant. Excessive force from teeth grinding or biting can also result in a wobbled implant.

Never Damage

Patient has nothing to do with nerve damage except bearing its pain because it is usually due to the dentist’s fault. The dentist may place implant too close to a nerve or on top of the nerve. This leads to damage of the nerves in that area, thereby giving unbearable pain. When you experience unbearable pain, immediately consult a dentist to get the dental implant removed or extracted to stop the pain. Your dentist may advise you a painkiller to relieve the pain.

Breakage of the Implants

Another common problem with tooth implant is breakage of the implant. The implant has an ability to bend and break as it is primarily manufactured with titanium or other metals. The only solution for breakage is the replacement of the implant with a new one.

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