For patients with missing or failing teeth, dental implants are life-changing. However, implants carry their own risks, from bleeding after surgery to infections or even implant failure. While the long-term benefits of dental implants still make them the most reliable method for replacing missing teeth, it is important to know the risks before committing to treatment. Dr. Ehasan Pourshirazi at Guaranteed Dental Solutions in Phoenix, AZ, believes in the importance of researching potential dental implant problems so you are fully prepared prior to surgery.
Short-term failures are complications that occur before restorations are attached. These problems can occur immediately after surgery or even a few months later:
- Excess bleeding
- Pain and discomfort
- Bruising and swelling
- Infection and poor healing
- Damage to the adjacent teeth and gum tissue
- Micro-movement of the implant
- Lack of bone
Anytime you undergo surgery, there will always be a possibility that your body will respond negatively. Prior to treatment, it is essential that you tell your doctor about any allergies to medication or bad dental habits, such as teeth grinding.
Complications that occur a year or more after surgery could include:
- Peri-implantitis infection
- Lack of stability
- Failed osseointegration or dental implant rejection
- Sinus problems
- Nerve damage
- Implant fracture
- Gum recession
Some of these complications arise from patients failing to follow post-care instructions. However, some may be the result of a surgeon's mistake.
Some of the problems that can arise because of a doctor's mistake include:
- Failure to perform prerequisite procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts
- Less than ideal dental implant placement
- Substandard treatment planning
- Poor surgical technique leading to bone death
Dr. Pourshirazi is adamant about creating a visual surgical guide to minimize these risks. He uses a 3D cone beam scanner for the most accurate dental implant placement in order to provide better precision and optimal results.
A patient’s long-term health and safety are extremely important to our team. We believe that a thorough and comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays, scans, and models of your teeth are paramount to successful results. This also entails a review of your medical and dental history, as well as a list of your current medications.
How Can You Prevent Dental Implant Complications?
Patient participation is also essential for successful dental implant treatment. You can easily lessen your risk for dental implant complications by avoiding smoking, staying active, eating healthy, and maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits. Always follow your doctor’s recovery instruction completely. Extensively researching the prescribed procedure and choosing a qualified dental implant dentist will reduce your chances of complication.
Minimize Your Risk
Dental implants are a safe and effective option for improving your smile. Being proactive and knowledgeable of all possible complications assists our patients in making well-informed decisions about their oral health care. At Guaranteed Dental Solutions, we have a team of skilled individuals prepared to answer any and all of your questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns about dental implant restorations, please contact us online or call us at 480-477-3090 or 480-912-2980.