Dental Implants and Potential Complications



Dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth; they create an overall brilliant smile and are not problematic like dentures. Dentures are compromised restorations generally because they slide and move during eating and speaking, have diminished chewing ability and cause speech and phonetic problems.



Dental implants-on the other hand-are secured in the jaw bone providing stability, esthetics and excellent chewing ability.  Implants allow the patient to eat normally and speak clearly as if they were natural teeth. The overall comfort and function of implants are so close to natural teeth that most patients claim that the difference is unperceivable.


            Despite all the benefits, there are some complications associated with dental implants. Impantology is the leading cause of dental malpractice claims and patients must be very careful in selecting a highly qualified dentist for this treatment. Dental implant technology is fairly new and a great majority of dentists practicing today did not have this aspect of dentistry in their conventional curriculum.


            Here are the some possible complications associated with Implants.

1)     Implant fracture-

 This is generally caused by an improper implant size, improper positioning of the implant or excessive load. In this case the implant has to be replaced.


2)     Implant moving

This can be caused by lack of sufficient bone, failure of integration between the implant and bone, or excessive teeth grinding and forceful biting by the patient. This problem can often be resolved without removal of the implant.



3)     Peri-implantitis

The most common dental implant problem is swelling and inflammation of the tissue surrounding the implant. When bacteria or other organisms build up in the area around the dental implant, they cause this type of inflammation or swelling. If untreated, it can eventually cause bone loss and the implant failure. In order to treat this, your doctor should prescribe antiseptic mouthwash and antibiotics as well as a thorough cleaning of the area and removal of plaque build up. The dentist may need to remove the implant while the infected area is healing and place a new implant later.


In summation, Implants cannot be placed in areas with inadequate bone support. Bone grafting and other augmentation techniques may be utilized to ensure success.

Positioning and location of dental implants are key factors as well. CT Scan technology and surgical guides are often used today to significantly reduce this all important risk factor. Oral hygiene and certain medical conditions also play a great roll in dental implantology. 

Despite all potential complications, dental implants today have over 95% success rate in the U.S.



Cameron Torabi, DDS April 2010

Learn more about Santa Monica dental implants by calling Cameron Torabi at 310.481.0111.


Our office is conveniently located in Brentwood, California-providing sedation, cosmetic and Implant dentistry to West Los Angeles, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.