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How To Know If My Dental Implant Surgery Is A Failure

Life happens. Despite the many benefits dental implants bring, there are bound to be failures sometimes. The rate of dental implant surgery failures is 5%, and although it seems to be a small percentage, there are, in actual fact, a lot of people suffering from it. Every surgery has its own risk and it is not something we can completely control. What we can do, however, is to know how to identify surgery failures, the causes, and how we can minimize the chances of having a dental implant surgery failure.

Symptom 1: Infections

Peri-implantitis is a type of gum disease and also a common infection of dental implants. Peri-implantitis can form during or after the surgery, and its usually caused by an open wound or dental cement that leaked under the crown and stuck in the gums. There are 5 symptoms of Peri-implantitis: severe pain or discomfort, loose implant, swelled and inflamed gums, receding gums around the implant and pus formation.

Symptom 2: Allergic Reaction

Some people are allergic to titanium alloy and nickel, which is what dental implants are made of. That will cause an allergic inflammatory reaction where you feel a tingling and burning feeling.

Symptom 3: Nerve/Tissue Damage

This is usually caused by your dentist. It is normal to have some minor tissue damage where you feel a little sensitive and numb around the area, but if you are experiencing ongoing pain and numbness around the cheek, tongue, lips and chin after the surgery, it means the damage is serious. This means your dentist made a mistake by placing the implant too close to a nerve.

Some of the causes are external factors that we ourselves cannot control, such as the performance of the dentist and unknown allergies. However, our actions still can lower our chances of experiencing a failed dental implant. Here are some examples.

Good Oral Hygiene

Floss and brush your teeth twice a day, and in addition, use an alcohol free anti-bacterial mouthwash to cleanse your mouth.

Regular visits to the doctor

Visit your dentist once in 3-6 months! It is important to let a professional check your mouth and teeth to ensure everything is all right.

It is also very important to do enough research and find a reliable dentist who is experienced enough to operate the dental implant surgery smoothly and properly. A good dentist will be have a consultation with you, to find out about your allergic reactions, the nature of your teeth, whether you have enough bone and more. If you do not know any good dentist in mind, you can check out Guerrino Dentistry. With credible dental specialists and years of experience with happy customers, you can trust us with giving you the confidence you need in your smile.

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