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A tooth implant is an excellent choice to replace a missing tooth. But it is also associated with potential dental implant problems and side effects. It is advisable to talk about the involved risk factors during the tooth implant procedure. Consult with a dental specialist or a trained Implantologist to determine if this procedure is right for you or your child.

General Problems or Risks Related To Implants

Needless to say that the success rate for implants is quite high, but there are also some unavoidable dental implant problems associated. Some common risk factors involved are:

1) Months-long recovery process: 

Implants need time to get adhere properly with the bone. This can take one month, two months or maybe longer, according to the patient’s bone health and other medical issues. The patient should pay regular visits until the bone heals tightly around the implant. 

2) Implant failure:

Implant failures can be classified as early and delayed failures. The form in which failure is caused is different at both stages. The reason for implant failure at an early stage can be a lack of Osseointegration. On the other hand, in delayed failures, it is due to the functional and psychological factors of the patient.

One of the most common causes of tooth implant failure is smoking. It is advisable to quit smoking or chewing tobacco after you get dental implants.

3) Poor Oral Hygiene causing Infections:

It is a misconception followed by many patients that implants do not need proper cleaning as these are artificial and not the real teeth. This thinking can lead to severe consequences in the future. Dental implants rather need more care and hygiene to prevent infections and diseases like Peri-implantitis after treatment. 

4) The slackening of implants:

It happens in the case of improper fusion of the implant with the jawbone. Damage to the surrounding tissue is the main reason for this problem. Your dental surgeon can put the implant back in place or maybe replace also.

5) Sinusitis and Nerve damage:

It is generally caused by a virus if an implant, especially in the upper jaw, develops an infection. Infection due to bacteria or fungus also causes sinus problems. The problem happens because the implants placed in the upper jaw are protruding into one of the sinus cavities. The rare nerve damage causes numbness, tingling or pain in your natural gums, teeth, chin or lips. 

Expectations vs Reality Regarding Managing Implants

Just like natural teeth, implants can also develop infections or problems, obviously other than decay or cavities. You must set realistic expectations for the procedure with your dentist. The implant may cost you several thousand dollars, though the amount depends on your dental specialist, the region of the service provider, and insurance if applicable.

It is advisable and also mandatory to maintain good oral hygiene to ensure your implant’s good condition for a longer period. Regular and timely visits to your dentist will help you to manage your implants in the best possible way.