Dental implants are the most effective way in fixing the gaps caused by tooth loss. They serve as tooth roots and help in supporting dental prostheses such as dental crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials like titanium alloy, which allows the material to undergo the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process where the dental implant bonds to the bone of the jaw. Dental implants not only help in restoring the appearance and function of your teeth but they also help in preventing bone loss in the jaw and maintain the structures of your face.
What could go wrong when wearing dental implants?
According to reports, dental implants have a 95% success rate. Their success depends on the health of the jaw bones of the person receiving the implant and the training and experience of the oral surgeon performing the procedure. Although they rarely occur, complications could happen during the dental implant procedure, six months after the procedure, and in the long run wearing the implant.
During the procedure, excessive bleeding or nerve injury could occur especially if the dentist performing the procedure is not well trained and experienced. Like any other surgeries, postoperative complication includes infection of the surrounding bone and gum tissues.
Six months following the procedure, complications such as failure of the implant to integrate with the bone tissues of the jaw may happen. To prevent this from happening, patients with unhealthy jaw bone tissues should not undergo this procedure.
Long-term complications include: the implant could fracture or the abutment connecting the implant and prosthesis could loosen. Peri-implantitis, or the infection of the soft tissues around the dental implant could also happen.
These complications are rare and could be easily corrected by a well-trained and experienced oral surgeon.
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