According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), at least 3 million Americans have dental implants. Dental implants are artificial, tooth root-like titanium rods that are surgically inserted into the jaw. Once the dental implants fuse with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” an artificial tooth (dental crown) is then attached where the natural tooth is missing.
Most affordable dental implant procedures are successful with a success rate of about 98 percent according to an AAID report. Another report by the Journal of Periodontal and Implant Science revealed that about 97 percent of affordable dental implants in Houston lasted long-term. However, despite the high success rate, dental implants failure sometimes occurs.
Peri-implantitis is a disease that causes loss of the bone supporting the implant and usually requires removal of the implant. In some cases, the implant can be restored.
Most dental implant failures and dental implant complications are caused by poor dental implant procedures and Peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a disease that causes bone loss to the jawbone supporting the dental implants. Fortunately, dental implant complications can be treated by a professional dentist.
When an affordable dental implants procedure is handled by an experienced dentist, the procedure is considered very safe. The affordable dental implants provide strong support for the replacement teeth and also stimulate bone regrowth underneath the replacement teeth.
Several dental implant complications and risks that are associated with affordable dental implants fall under the following categories:
Problems during the Healing Period
Dental implant patients must have healthy gums and jawbones for the dental implants to adhere properly. If a patient does not have healthy gum, adequate jawbone, or have a limited amount of jawbone to cover the dental implant, the dental implant may become loose after the surgery or during the healing period.
This is usually common with affordable dental implants inserted in the lower front of the jaw, in narrow ridges, on sites where there has been a bone graft, on extraction sites, and near the molars in the upper jaw. This is because these areas have poor bone quality.
Problems During Use
Dental implant failure may occur once the affordable dental implants are in use. If the jawbone cannot handle the forces exerted on it by the dental implants, the dental implants can fail and become loose. To find a solution to this issue, the dentist would have to remove the dental implant and allow the jawbone to fill in the affected area. This usually involves bone grafting and stitches, and affordable dental implants can be reinserted once the area has strengthened.
Bone loss can also cause dental implants to become loose. Patients with missing teeth due to periodontal disease or osteoporosis are at higher risk for bone loss around the dental implants.
Another reason for dental implant failure during use is if there is excess space between the dental implants and the adjacent teeth. This occurs if the dental implant is not of the same size, shape, or length as the tooth root and tooth that was lost. This creates unnecessary space between the natural teeth and the dental crown, which allows food chunks to get stuck in-between the dental implant and the natural teeth. In such a case, the dental crown may have to be removed and replaced to eliminate unnecessary spaces.
More severe dental implant complications can occur if the dental implants become infected.
Dental implant failure may also occur due to structural problems. Dental implants have several components: the tooth root-like fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, the abutment that connects the fixture, and the prosthesis (dental crown, denture, or a dental bridge). Though the fixture and abutment are made of strong materials, such as zirconia or titanium, they can break, and the screw attaching them can also break or get loose. More so, all dental prostheses made of ceramic or metals can break or wear down. If any part of the dental implant breaks, it leads to dental implant complications and only a professional dentist can determine the necessary treatment.
If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), you may damage your dental implant. In that case, your dentist may recommend night guards to reduce the effects of bruxism on the dental crown.
Dental implants failures and dental implant complications associated with affordable dental implants Houston can be summarized as follow:
Integration Failure: this occurs when the affordable dental implants fail to integrate with the jawbone. Normally, osseointegration and implant stability should occur immediately after the dental implant procedure. But in the case of poor osseointegration process or insufficient stability, dental implant failures may occur within the initial weeks.
Perforation: During the affordable dental implants procedure, there is a possibility of injuring some of the mouth structures, which includes perforation of the gum, inferior alveolar canal, labial plate, lingual plate, inferior border, or maxillary sinus. If any of these parts is perforated by the dental implant, it can lead to dental problems and infections in the affected area.
Bacterial Infection: This is another type of dental implant complications that is usually caused by bacteria and can result in radiolucency, inflammation, suppuration, fistula, or abscess.
Excessive Bone Loss: Excessive loss of bone in the affected area can reduce the stability of the dental implant and cause it to fail. Excessive bone loss can also result in diminished jawbone strength and thickness making it unable to give support to the dental implants.
Dental Implant Fracture: This is one of the serious dental implant complications that cannot be easily fixed. To fix this problem, the dentist must remove the dental screw and replace the dental implant, which may require bone grafting to give enough support to the new implant.
Managing Your Implant
Although affordable dental implants are highly effective and are highly recommended teeth replacement procedure, they don’t always last a lifetime. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants cannot be infected with dental decay and dental cavities. However, they can be faced with dental implant complications like those stated above. It is, therefore, important that before you commit yourself to dental implants, ensure that you set realistic expectations, and engage the service of a professional dental practitioner. And once you have your dental implants inserted, keep them in good dental condition by maintaining proper oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist regularly.
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