Dental implants are the safest and best replacement for missing teeth but just as with any other medical procedure problems might occur.
The dental implants have got a general success rate higher than 95%, but still, the patients might experience problems or might regard some aspects as disadvantages.
Dental implants are very expensive- this is a fact, even if there are more types of dental implants available. Even so, the cheapest dental implant might be still quite expensive for the mainstream patient.
Since they are regarded expensive, patients generally turn to other options such as dentures. On average, one single dental implant is $3,700.
Long time required for healing. A patient who wants to have a “quick fix” for those front missing teeth will not find dental implants the best solution.
It takes anything between 3 months and up to even 9 months until the area heals nicely after surgery and the dental implant can be fitted safely. If sinus lift or bone grafting is needed, healing time will generally extend.
Failed osseintegration. Even if there is enough jaw bone density available, the dental implant might fail to integrate nicely with the bone. This can happen because of a multitude of factors such as:
- an infection occurring at the site of the implant
- compromised blood supply problems
- weak bone density. The dentist decided there is no bone grafting needed, so he placed the dental implants. It turns out that the bone is weak and lacking density after all.
- too much pressure being applied onto the dental implant right before the healing could complete
- a very weak stabilization of the implant by the dentist
Traumatic episodes/Accidents. Dental implants are not infallible after all. If the patient gets an excessive blow to the face, or suffers an accident where the mouth and teeth are injured, the dental implant might fracture either partially or completely.
It is extremely important to get your dental implants from highly experienced dentists or cosmetic dentists who know how to calibrate the crown properly in order to make it as stable and powerful as possible.
Excessive/persistent pain present at the site of the dental implant. It is normal to feel tender for a few days after the procedure, but some patients have claimed they felt excessive pain for very long periods after the treatment was finished.
This pain might be caused by an infection that is not visible to the naked eye, or by localized inflammation. Then, their system might react in a negative way to the foreign body called a dental implant and this might translate into persistent pain.
The dentist might advise that the implant needs to be removed and perhaps replaced at some point in the future when the inflammation has completely gone and all other possible treatments and checkups are made.
Nerve injury. With the placing of dental implants it can happen that a nerve is injured. This will cause numbness which might persist only for a while, or be permanent.
Some patients have experienced numbness in a part of the tissue of the tongue, cheek, or gumline after the dental implants treatment.