10 May, 2019


The 8 Potential Risks of Dental Implants

The Risks of Dental Implants: A Complete List

Dental implants can transform your life for the better! You’ll look fantastic with your new smile, you’ll feel more confident, and you will even experience better dental health due to better oral hygiene… However, implants are not a magical solution to all your dental problems. Like any procedure, getting dental implants comes with risks and possible complications. It’s important that you know as much as you can before making your decision.

To help you gain a full understanding of the procedure, here are some of the possible risks associated with dental implants.


Sometimes the area where the implant was placed will become infected. Before you have dental implant surgery, your dentist will ensure you have healthy gums. And, during surgery, a good oral surgeon will do absolutely everything they can to keep things clean and avoid future infections. But sometimes even if you have healthy gums, you could end up developing an infection, particularly if you don’t follow your aftercare instructions.

Damage to Teeth, Lips, or Gums

Although dental implant surgery is supposed to correct tooth damage, sometimes it can actually cause more damage. There is always the risk that during surgery the teeth surrounding the area getting the implant could be damaged. It’s possible that your lips or gums could also be damaged. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to get an experienced, trusted oral surgeon. A highly-knowledgeable oral surgeon will be less likely to cause this damage.

Damage to Blood Vessels

If there are complications during your surgery, your blood vessels could end up being damaged. This could happen while the oral surgeon is drilling in your mouth or while they are placing the implants. If this happens to you in surgery, you’ll know immediately because you will start bleeding. The bleeding can become life-threatening in the lower jaw. Again, it’s crucial to choose a trustworthy oral surgeon. Swedish Dental always uses a CBCT scan before the implant treatment to minimize complications and for placing the implant in an ideal position.

Nerve Damage

During the surgery, it’s possible that your nerves will end up being damaged. If any of your nerves are damaged during the procedure, you may end up feeling a tingling or numbing sensation. Sometimes you will also feel pain. These can affect your teeth, gums, lips, or chin. If you experience any of these side effects, talk to your oral surgeon immediately. The normal pain from dental implant surgery will only last for a few days. Beyond that, if you are still experiencing pain or odd sensations, it may be a sign of nerve damage.

Swedish Dental uses minimally invasive methods during the treatment, which causes minimal tenderness in the surgical site.

Sinus Problems

If your dental implants protrude into your sinus cavity, you may end up having sinus problems post-surgery. If you know that you get sinusitis frequently, talk to your oral surgeon before getting implants. You may be at a high risk of developing sinus problems from your dental implants. There are methods where the surgeon can elevate the sinus floor and mucosa for placing the implant to avoid complications but then you need an experienced oral surgeon like the ones we have in Swedish Dental.

Smoking Complications

If you are a smoker, your dentist will be less likely to recommend dental implant surgery. But if you undergo the surgery and continue smoking, you will have more difficulty healing. This is because when you smoke, you are inhibiting blood flow to your lungs. This means that you can lose your implant during the healing phase but also after a couple of years due to peri-implantitis.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Despite the risks, dental implants can have a very high success rate when they’re done by experienced professionals. Implants can help correct a variety of tooth concerns and help you feel confident in your smile again. They’re a great choice for many, but it’s absolutely crucial that you work with an experienced, certified dental care provider. With the right dental care, you are much less likely to experience the complications listed above.

Do you have more questions about dental implants health risks? Talk to Swedish Dental! We are experts in conducting dental implant surgery and want to help you feel confident when you’re making your decision.

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