Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in modern medicine. But even with a success rate approaching 98%, they’re not perfect. And because you’ll expect to have your implants for decades, it’s likely that some minor issues are bound to arise over the years.
The good news is that most of these implant complications are minor and can be easily rectified.
My Implant Fell Out!
If you think your implant fell it, send us a picture from your phone. We’ll be able to tell what you’re really seeing. Most likely it’s not your actual dental implant.
In the early part of your implant procedure, you’re most likely seeing a healing cap. Later on, you may be seeing the dental crown and maybe the </span><span style="font-weight: 400">abutment. In any case, these can usually be just put back in with no trouble.
The implant itself is very secure, and–with the exception of extreme trauma–you’ll probably get a lot of warning before it falls out.
My Implant Broke!
Because the implant itself is securely placed in your jawbone, it’s unlikely to break under most circumstances.
Most of the time, the abutment connecting the implant to the restoration is the weak spot that will break. Sometimes, the dental crown or bridge may break. But it’s almost never the implant.
As above, you can send us a picture of what’s come out and we can tell you what it is. We’ll get you in for an appointment to get it fixed, and your implant will be good as new again.
My Implant Is Loose!
Your implant isn’t likely to fall out, but it can develop looseness in some situations. Implants really shouldn’t have any movement, so if you notice your implant moving, you need to talk to us.
Looseness could be caused by the crown or the abutment, but it can also be caused by peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is gum disease around your implant. It’s very treatable, but it can also be serious if it’s not treated–it can lead to loss of the implant.
If you notice looseness in your implant, contact us right away and we’ll evaluate it.
My Implant Is Bleeding!
Bleeding around the implant is another symptom of peri-implantitis. It’s just like gum disease around your natural teeth. Bleeding is a sign that something’s wrong, but it’s not necessarily a sign of an emergency.
Make an appointment with us and we’ll evaluate the health of your gums around the implant. Once we know what’s going on, we’ll recommend the best treatment approach. In most cases, that may be just changing your hygiene routine to clean better around your implant. Or it may be more serious treatment, such as a special cleaning around your implant.
The longer you wait to get this looked at, the more likely it is to threaten your implant. In some cases, we may have to remove your old implant so we can treat the gum disease. Then we can replace your implant.
My Implant Hurts!
The dental implant procedure isn’t very painful, and the discomfort typically passes quickly. If pain returns or worsens, it’s a sign that something’s wrong, usually gum disease.
Let us know if this happens, and we’ll evaluate what’s going on. The treatment is similar for bleeding gums.
Complications Are Rare
It’s good to know what to do if a complication does come up, but the truth is that implant complications are very rare. Keep an eye out for complications, but most people will experience a problem with their implants only every seven or eight years, and that’s usually a problem related to the crown, bridge, or abutment.
There are steps you can take to lower your risk of complications before they happen. And it starts with picking the right implant dentist.