Risks of dental implants

Have you decided to replace your missing teeth, but you would like to know more about dental implantology and its risks? Are you looking for a highly respected, professional dental practice in order to have dental implants done? If so, then read the following article and contact us for an initial check-up …


Dental implantology: a complex procedure

Today dental implantology represents a valid solution for the replacement of missing teeth, providing the patient with a guarantee of reliability and security. At the same time, however, it is a very complex procedure.

In practical terms, it involves inserting an outside element in our body, where it must integrate itself perfectly. The dental implant has to integrate with the maxillary or mandibular bone in which it is inserted, explaining why the implant must be made of biocompatible material.

As a rule, dental implants are made with titanium, an extremely resistant and highly biocompatible material. Once implants have been inserted in the bone, a period from 3 to 6 months must pass before the prostheses can be applied.

If the implant is loaded immediately (immediate-loading implantology), then the percent age of success falls significantly (Delayed versus immediate loading of implants: survivor analysis and risk factors for dental implant failure, Susarla SM, Chuang SK, Dodson TB, J. Oral Maxillofac Surg, 2008, Feb. 66(2):251-5).



Who can undergo dental implantology?

Almost everyone, though the patient’s general conditions of health should be evaluated, and certain pathologies and conditions should be controlled for, in order to avoid risks.

There are certain cases where dental implants cannot be utilised, such as instances where there is not enough bone for insertion of the artificial root. But there is a solution for this problem as well: bone regeneration, meaning restoration of the bone tissue in which the implants are to be inserted.

Are there risks involved in dental implantology?

The risks involved in this type of procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthesia, are all tied to the surgical operation and vary, depending in part on the site where the implant is inserted.

The most common risks in dental implantology are: post-operatory bleeding, swelling and, in certain cases, temporary alterations in feeling, such as a slight itching of the gums, which can sometimes last for a number of weeks and is caused by the fact that, during the operation, the surgeon goes very close to the nerves.


Rejection or lack of success?

The risk of rejection is non-existent. Indeed, it is not right to use the word rejection to explain the failure of an implant, given that it implies that the patient’s body was unable to accept the implant, whereas it is more accurate to speak of a lack of success, which can be traced to an error of evaluation on the part of the operator, with regard to the technique or method for inserting the implant, or to failure to observe the international protocols of sterility.