TREATMENT OF DENTAL IMPLANT PROBLEMS
Dental implants are a fantastic way to restore missing or failing teeth. However, as with any treatment, there can sometimes be problems or complications.
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.
Nevertheless, if the treatment is carried out to high standards by experienced clinicians and the patient looks after their mouths properly, few problems are likely.
One of the problems we see is gum recession on an implant. This can occur if the implant is incorrectly positioned or is there is inadequate bone or gum around the implant, particularly on the facial side. The case shown here illustrates a poorly executed implant treatment to restore the upper right central incisor of a young female. She was clearly unhappy with the result particularly as she had a high lip-line in her smile. The ‘after’ pictures show her after re-treatment by Dr Tidu Mankoo.
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 problems
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.