The Side Effects Of Dental Implants

September 1, 2017

A dental implant consists of a titanium bar that is placed into the bones of a person’s jaw to eventually hold a ceramic tooth. Dental implants are installed by a surgical procedure performed by a qualified dentist. While the success rates of dental implants are very high, there are some side effects of having the procedure done.

One of the effects of having dental implants placed into the mouth is bruising and swelling around the area where the implant has been placed. There may also be a general discomfort after the surgery has taken place. Every person is different, but swelling and bruising will dissipate as will the discomfort.

There are some who may develop infections after the surgery. Some people, like those with a weak immune system or those with diabetes, are more susceptible to infection. Others who may be at risk for infection following surgery are those who have had radiotherapy to the head or neck and those with a history of heart-related infections. Dental implant patients with any of these conditions are usually given antibiotics prior to the surgery.

The most serious side effect would be that the dental implant does not integrate into the patient’s mouth. The failure of an implant to integrate can depend on a variety of factors, but most often is related to the type of implant used and the health of the individual patient. Generally, the healthier the patient, the more likely that the surgery is a success. This problem is very rare as dental implant surgeries have success ratios at 95 percent and higher.

One of the more common side effects is the tooth becoming dislodged from the titanium rod in the implant. The ceramic tooth is glued to the rod and can dislocate from it. If it does, it is easily corrected and there is no risk to the individual.