Dental surgery has become quite common these days as it provides an avenue for more quality dental treatments. One of the dental treatments that involve surgery which has become popular these days is the treatment of getting Dental Implants. If you don’t know what dental implants are they are actually metal screws or posts that are made of titanium metal and are inserted into a person’s jawbone through a pre-drilled hole. The dental implant then acts as a base support for a replacement tooth to be attached on top making this a viable option for people who have lost or are missing a tooth.
Dental implants come into two main types, Endosteal and Subperiosteal. The former is the one we know of which is the implant which is inserted down into the bone through the person’s gums while the latter only goes as far as the gums with the gum tissue providing support. In order for subperiosteal implants to be properly secured metal frames are used along with the main metal screw.
When you are looking to get dental implants make sure that you seek it from a licensed dental professional who has the proper skill set and has the right tools and equipment to perform the surgery properly. It is important to note that there are certain complications that may arise after surgery and during the entire treatment which is why you should only go to the best dentists. Today, let’s take a look at four complications which you should watch out for in getting Dental Implants.
1.) Infection – Since the process involves surgery, one of the most common complications that can arise is infection. Dentists have to make sure that the tools and equipment are free from any bacteria and you as a patient have to take the right antibiotics pre-surgery to prevent infection from developing after the surgery.
2.) Failed osseointegration – Osseointegration refers to the process when the dental implant fuses with your jawbone. When this happens it is called a failed osseointegration and is usually the result of improper positioning of the implant, there is not enough bone density, there is overloading, or there are too many forces acting on the implant.
3.) Overloading – Overloading is what happens when the dental implant is put under too much stress. When overloading happens it can lead to other complications like infection and failed osseointegration. One of the things that can lead to overloading is when the artificial tooth is attached too soon or it is attached immediately after surgery for the dental implant putting unnecessary stress on top.
4.) Nerve and tissue damage – Although the least likely complication to happen in this list, nerve and tissue damage is still quite serious. When the Dental Implant is inserted too deep into the bone there is a great chance that it can get too close to a nerve. When this happens the person can experience a lot of pain along with feelings of numbness not only in the gums but in the cheeks, lips, and tongue as well.