Understanding the Risks of Dental Implant Surgery By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on March 23, 2019

Blue background with three dental implants resting on the right bottom cornerAny surgery comes with a level of health risk. Dental implant surgery is no different. Fortunately, complications are rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified doctor. Dr. Robert Hessberger has served the greater Chicago area since 1984. Since then, he has continuously kept up with advances in modern dentistry, such as CT scanners and air abrasion instruments.

If complications do occur, they are typically minor and can be quickly treated. Here, we discuss potential dental implant complications. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Chicago, IL practice.

The Success Rate of Dental Implants

According to the Journal of Oral Implantology, dental implants are successful in 98 percent of cases. Even with a safe and proven track record, complications can develop.

Infection at the Implant Site

Dr. Hessberger and our team take great care to ensure that your implant and any tools we use are sterilized. But even with these precautions in place, it is possible for an infection to develop in the days and weeks following placement of your implant.

Though extremely rare, infections are one of the most common complications that can arise following surgery. Bleeding, inflammation, redness, and pain around the implant site are common signs of infection. These symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately.

Antibiotics are a common treatment for infection.

Injury or Damage to Surrounding Structures

Although rare, placement of a dental implant can injure nerves in the jawbone. Patients with this type of injury either notice numbness or lingering pain around the surgery area.

These injuries can be prevented by working with a skilled dentist who carefully maps out your procedure before surgery.

Implant Failure

Implant failure is a possibility after dental implant surgery. This occurs when the surrounding bone, ligaments, and tissues do not fuse with and grow around the implant during the crucial osseointegration period.

The most common causes of implant failure are poor oral health, bruxism, and smoking. To prevent implant failure, you should:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Not smoke
  • Wear a mouthguard at night if you chronically clench and grind your teeth

Sinus Problems

If dental implants are placed too close to the sinuses in the upper jaw, it can result in sinus problems. Choosing a qualified doctor to plan and perform your surgery reduces the risk of this complication.

Tips to Minimize the Risk of Complications

Patients have an important role to play in minimizing their risk of complications. Following these tips can save you time and money while increasing the likelihood that your implant will successfully heal.

  • Disclose any medications you are on during your consultation
  • Disclose any conditions that may increase the risk of complications
  • Quit smoking
  • Follow Dr. Hessberger’s recovery guidelines carefully
  • Practice good oral hygiene

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

The best way to lower your risk for complications is to work with an esteemed and qualified doctor. Dr. Hessberger has decades of professional experience placing implants and performing other restorative treatments. He will work to ensure that your safety and comfort are always a priority.

To learn more about dental implants, contact our office online today or call (773) 792-5562.

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