What Can Go Wrong with Dental Implants?

Curious to know the risks of dental implants before, during and after implant.

Doctor Answers (4)

Potential complication or risks associated with dental implants


Complications and risks with dental implants are extremely rare if they are provided by experienced surgeons and restorative dentists. Proper diagnosis, planning, and techniques can eliminate many problems that can arise. Here are possible complications:

  1. Infection or inflammation after placement
  2. Non-union: Means implant does not integrate with bone and remains soft in place
  3. Gradual bone loss- Very rare with current design implants
  4. Fractures- Very rare with current design implants
  5. Nerve damange- If implant is placed too close to lower jaw nerve
  6. Bone loss due to poor positioning- If implant is placed too far off its alignment and if there is not enough bone to begin with.

The overall success rate of implants are 98.6% and above when properly done. Choice of your team dentists and their collaboration greatly affects implant success and longevity.

Bethesda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Dental implants aren't perfect


As with everything, nothing is perfect.  Dental implants, when done right, are the longest lasting dental restoration.

Some problems would include: 

  • Not getting the implant completely embedded in bone
  • Not getting the bite correct, thus losing supporting bone
  • Patient with history of bisphosphonates, thus no fusing of bone to implant
  • Incomplete removal of cement from the crown on top of the implant, thus losing supporting bone
  • Incomplete seating of connector to implant, trapping bacteria, thus losing supporting bone

There are others, but these are the most common.

Lance Timmerman, DMD
Seattle Cosmetic Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Implants have become very reliable tooth replacements


Once an implant has integrated into the bone, there are rarely problems with the implant itself. The problems that occur are mostly related to the crown or parts. For example, if porcelain is placed on the implant, the porcelain can break just like any other restoration. Also the screws can come loose or break inside the implant. This is more common with older implant designs and are not as common in the newer implants.

For the most part, an implant will be a great restoration for a lot longer than it's alternatives.

M. Andrew Atwood, DDS
Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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Implant problems are possible...


Most of the time when an implant is properly placed into healthy bone there is not much to worry about. Keeping them clean is the most important thing for patients to do. Over 5 years you can get a little bone loss around the implant which can cause some cosmetic concerns if its placed on the front of the mouth.

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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