DENTAL IMPLANT PROBLEMS
Dental implants are undoubtedly one of dentistry’s most pioneering developments in recent years – functional, aesthetic and usually permanent – yet like teeth, they can also have their problems.
Also see Treatment of dental implant problems
A dental implant is a metal or ceramic screw-type device, generally made of titanium, used to replace the root of a failing or missing tooth. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, then securely capped with a full crown or bridge – restoring normal chewing ability and giving a natural-looking appearance.
Problems with dental implants
Despite the many advantages offered by a dental implant, problems can still occur, particularly in patients with poor oral hygiene, heavy smokers or if the dental implant treatment has not been carried out optimally. Unfortunately, sometimes implant treatments are carried out by less experienced practitioners and, particularly in the case of ‘dental tourism’ and ‘budget dentistry’, treatments are inadequately planned and executed with the focus being on ‘fast and cheap’, rather than ‘excellence and long-term’. Just because something is cheap and well marketed, it does not mean it is always in the patient’s best interest. With the increase in popularity of ‘dental tourism’ and ‘budget’ dentistry we see more and more patients receiving inadequate implant treatments and because of our long-term experience and expertise in dental implants (over 25 years), we increasingly see and are referred patients requiring re-treatment of dental implants.
Of course, dental implant treatment may not always be the best restorative solution for every patient. Whether or not an implant is right for you will depend on where it is to be placed, the type and amount of jawbone remaining, the condition of the other teeth and the health of the gums.
Ceramic implants and mini-implant are more susceptible to fractures, and cheap, poor quality implant systems are also more susceptible to problems such as a lack of precision of the components, abutments screw loosening and breakages. So it is important to use dental implant systems that are well-researched, well-documented and tested, rather than one of the many cheap ‘copy’ or alternative systems being offered in many practices today. Many of these have little or no documented research and inadequate quality control.
In addition, if you have any of the following you may be more susceptible problems or complications with dental implant treatment:
- Gum disease
- Insufficient healthy jawbone and unsuitability for a bone graft
- Medical conditions like cancer, diabetes or AIDS, which affect your body’s self-healing ability
- Any condition that affects your ability to clean your teeth well, i.e. that affects the use of your hands and arms
- A heavy smoking habit
- Lack of commitment to regular maintenance and proper home dental care (even though implants are not ‘real’, good oral hygiene is still required)
Avoiding dental implant complications
If you are considering having a dental implant it is essential to find an expert and experienced implant dentist, as not all practitioners are sufficiently skilled and experienced to perform optimum implant and advanced treatments. The team here at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry strives to provide the best that dentistry has to offer and is renowned for skill, expertise and experience in all aspects of Restorative, Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry.