5 Big Risks of Dental Implants

According to the Grand View Research, by 2024 the dental implants market will reach USD 6.81 billion. This goes to show that implants are one of the most popular dental solutions today, because they allow you to replace a missing tooth with an artificial one that works just as well.

Having said this, you have to know that dental implants can cause certain problems. Below is a list of 5 possible risks of dental implants or failures that you should be aware of before deciding to choose this treatment.

Sinus Problems

For dental implants that replace the teeth in the upper jaw, sinuses can become a major challenge. Along with the presence of sinuses, insufficient quantity and quality of bone can make dental implant procedures within this area complicated.

In order to create a solid bone base, you need to choose a sinus filling. This procedure elevates the existing bone within the sinus cavity to create sufficient space for a dental bone graft, which creates more bone to assist a dental implant.

However, in the event that an implant goes past the cavity and links with sinuses, an inflammation or infection can result.

Poor Integration of the Bone

The inability of the jaw bone to properly connect with the implant is considered to be an implant failure. An implant is believed to fail if it moves, drops or displays sign of bone loss. This can be a result of several factors including insufficient volume or bone density, injury to surrounding tissue, fractured implants, peripheral force or instant shock or even anesthesia reaction.

Before an implant properly integrates into the jaw bone, a healthy bone volume and density is necessary. For patients with insufficient, width, height or length of bones, procedures that result in sinus elevation or bone grafting aid in increasing bone mass and space. However, the cost and total of procedure is significantly increased.

Bacterial Infection

Without proper dental hygiene, an infection can occur as a result of bacteria during surgery or post-surgery. Such harmful bacteria can also develop in the dental cement, utilized to fix the crowns on the abutments, while it gets underneath the crown during cementation and becomes a fixture within the gums.

One of the most common complications of implantations is the infection or inflammation of the gum bone around the implant. This can result in bone loss, implant failure and in most cases requires that the implant be removed. Diabetic patients, smokers, people with lean gums and people with poor oral hygiene are at a higher risk of developing an infection.

Tissue and Nerve Damage

Damage to the nerves and tissue surrounding the dental implant is possible, although very rare. Patients may suffer from chronic pain, tingling or numbness in the chin, lips, gums, cheeks or tongue, due to the implant being placed too close to a nerve.

In most cases, this issue is caused due to faulty implantations and the dentist is at fault.


Due to titanium being a biocompatible material, it may be possible that your implant may experience galvanic corrosion under extremely acidic conditions, for instance, inflammation. In most cases, you will be provided guidelines to follow after a dental implant procedure. And these should prevent corrosion.

Dental implants continue to be popular for good reason and the success rate of such procedures is extraordinarily high. The risks are minute all things considered, but it’s always best to know what can go wrong and be prepared accordingly.

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