While dental implants are often the go-to solution to tooth loss for many of our patients, it is vital that patients also understand the long-term challenges that a dental implant patient may face. Dental implants are titanium posts a dentist may place into the bone of the jaw to act as a tooth root replacement. The implant may be restored using a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture, depending on the needs of the patient. However, placement can be tricky. Patients should have sufficient bone for placement to avoid failure. Below are a few common complications of dental implants that patients should be educated on:
• Failure to heal into the bone. During the placement of dental implants, patients will have a period of time during which they need to allow for osseointegration. This is the growth and bonding of the bone around the implant to hold it in place. If this does not happen, due to low bone density, cigarette smoking, or uncontrolled diabetes, it can cause the failure of dental implants.
• Periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than just the soft tissues. Patients who are not properly diagnosed and treated early enough may experience jawbone loss that can impact the placement of their dental implants.
• Peri-implantitis. This chronic condition is an infection in the gums and bone that are the primary support for the dental implant. Patients who have this condition may experience bleeding from the gums, puss, and pain.
• Broken restorations. There are times when parts of the prosthetic may be damaged or broken and can result in problems for patients. This includes a loose abutment, broken restorations over the dental implant, or busted screws. During an evaluation, the dentist will make a decision as to the best way to address the problem and restore the implant and smile back to its proper function and appearance.
Dr. Steven Holbrook offers dental implants
Considering dental implants? Now is a great time to speak to a professional with over 30 years of experience in providing comprehensive dental care solutions for adult patients in the area of Albuquerque, NM. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 and request a visit to learn more.