Dental implants are an excellent restorative option; they are often chosen for reasons of safety, durability, and natural appearance. The procedure involves the surgical placement of the implant into the jaw, where it heals before a crown is placed on top. However, some patients can experience issues that lead to dental implant failure. Dr. Rapoport is a board-certified periodontist and has provided outstanding implant dental care to many patients. Ahead, he details the problems some face with their dental implants.
Dental Implant Complications
Infection: Sometimes, the treatment area can become infected, which causes inflammation, pain, and even fever. Infection after dental implant surgery can be avoided with proper post-surgical care. Dr. Rapoport prescribes antibiotics after implant placement to help patients avoid this issue.
Nerve damage: In certain cases, the implant may be placed too close to a nerve, resulting in damage. Some patients can recognize nerve damage by paying attention to signs such as tingling, pain, and numbness which can affect the teeth and gums as well as the lips and chin.
Allergic reaction: Although rare, some patients may have an unknown allergy to titanium and experience an allergic reaction to the implant material.
Sinus problems: Implants that are placed in the upper jaw may protrude into the sinus cavity, leading to additional complications related to the sinuses as well as implant failure.
A smooth recovery starts with following Dr. Rapoport’s aftercare implant instructions, such as:
- Avoid restricted foods, such as hard, crunchy snacks
- Refrain from exercise, including weight lifting and rigorous activity, for at least 72 hours
- Maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily
- Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the implant
- Take all prescribed medications
- Clean the treatment area as instructed to remove debris, bacteria, and food particles
What To Expect After the Implant Procedure
It is also important to be aware of what things to expect after implant placement so that they are not confused as indicators of potential complications. These include:
- Facial swelling
- Gum swelling
- Discomfort at the treatment site
- Minor bleeding
Book Your Appointment Today
Your dental implant care begins with selecting a skilled provider such as Dr. Rapoport. Patients regularly choose Dr. Rapoport for their dental implant therapy due to his expertise in the field. In addition to his extensive credentials, he is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, further demonstrating his excellence in the field. To book your appointment, simply call our office or request a consultation using the online form.