What Are The Risks Of Dental Implants?

7 January 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


The introduction of the implant was one of the most noteworthy developments in the field of dentistry. Finally, the loss of your teeth didn't mean that you were doomed to a life of soft food and self-conscious smiles. However, getting implants isn't as simple as some other solutions.

Putting in dental implants can do some serious damage to your wallet if you don't have the right dental plan. In addition to this, the process of putting in the implant takes several months from start to finish and can require serious surgery. Therefore, a lot of people will want to know what risks the procedure holds.

Discomfort/Pain and Bleeding

Putting in a dental implant can require a great deal of surgical work. If you don't have the right bone structure, bone grafting may have to be done. You'll probably be under some form of anesthetic during the surgical portion of the procedure.

However, once the anesthesia wears off and you wake up, you'll probably experience a certain level of pain and general discomfort. There may also be some residual bleeding. If the bleeding or pain is excessive, get in touch with your dentist immediately.  

Implant Failure

Although there is a high degree of success as far as this procedure is concerned, there are times when the implant doesn't take. The implant can fail to be integrated to the bone. This can happen if the bone isn't stable enough, and this will lead to implant failure.


Some parts of the body can be accidentally perforate during the procedure. Parts that are at risk include:

  • Inferior border

  • Labial plate

  • Gingival

  • Maxillary sinus

  • Lingual plate


As with any other surgical procedure, the risk of infection is very real after an implant has been put in. These infections not only happen at the site, but can also spread to other parts of the body. You'll have to carefully monitor your condition after the surgery so you can know early enough if there is an infection.

Nerve Damage

Nerves at the site or near the site of the implant can be injured. This can cause a lot of pain or numbness.

Breakage of the Abutment Screw

The abutment screw is the part of the implant that goes into the bone. This screw can break or fracture if put under too much stress. Unfortunately, this may mean the bone will not be strong enough to support another implant.

For more information, reach out to a dental implant professional.