What are the risks of dental implants? 1
What are the risks of dental implants?

What are the risks of dental implants?

Dental implants provide a great solution for anyone who needs to replace any missing or badly damaged teeth. Many people choose dental implants as an affordable, permanent way to recover lost teeth.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root put in place of a lost tooth or bridge, which is surgically attached to the jawbone. On top of this implant, a prosthetic tooth is applied giving the appearance of a natural tooth.

Provided you have healthy enough gums, dental implants can give you a new set of teeth and a new smile. Implants operations can range from replacing a single tooth, to all of your teeth.

The dental implant procedure doesn’t usually cause any pain or long-lasting discomfort, however choosing dental implants does carry some risks. The procedure is complicated and can cause issues. While these situations can be rare and are treatable, it’s important to know what the risks are when you go ahead with the procedure.

Risk of Infection

Any serious medical procedure brings with it the risk of infecting the area of operation. As dental implants involve drilling beneath the gums, there’s a potential for harmful bacteria to get under the gums between when the tooth is removed and the new tooth placed. This can cause infection resulting in significant pain and discomfort, as well as preventing the newly replaced implant from properly fusing with the jaw. Infection can also occur when the replacement tooth is badly fitted, causing a gap to form between the bone and the new implant where bacteria can enter.

If infection is identified early, it can effectively be treated with a short course of antibiotics, however if neglected, the infection can lead to extreme pain and even bone infection which is more difficult to treat. For these reasons, it’s recommended to visit your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms post-surgery:

Redness and swelling Bleeding in gums Pus leakage

Nerve Damage

In some rare cases nerve damage can occur during the placement of the implant or in the period following it. As the nerve sits below the area where the implant is located, it’s possible for the implant to damage the nerve area. This can lead to pain and numbness in the face which will worsen if left untreated.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of nerve damage, it’s vital that you contact your dentist immediately to avoid the problem escalating. In some cases, the dental implant will need to be removed completely to repair the damage.


Fracturing or breaking your implant can lead to serious complications and further treatments.

An implant fracture can be caused by putting too much pressure on the implant area, which weakens the placement. If you have a tendency to grind or clench your teeth, you may be at a higher risk of experiencing this. As such, it’s always best to discuss your dental habits with your dentist prior to surgery.

Treating a fractured or broken implant can require removal of the implant and replacement of the implant itself as well as the cap, which is a complex procedure.

Weakened bone structure

If you’ve experienced excessive bone loss in the area of the dental implant, or have poor bone density, then the implant may fail to successfully integrate with the bone. Implants are surgically fixed to the jawbone so the surrounding area must be strong enough to support it. Weakened bone structure affects the strength of the implant replacement and the appearance of the replacement tooth.

You may need additional treatments in this situation to support the new implant.

For further information please do hesitate to contact us on 02034342934 or at info@maryleboneimplantcentre.co.uk and one of our treatment co-ordinators will go through all of all treatments and prices with you before you even attend the practice.

All of our dentists are registered with the GDC, while our treatment is all approved under BDA, GDC and UK standard guidelines. To find out more about any of the services we provide, and why we should be your first choice if you’re looking for a dentist to carry out dental implants, give us a call on 020 34 34 29 34.