Implant supported dentures are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile after teeth loss and function better each day. Unfortunately, however, all too many avoid treatment out of fear that treatment is too risky, and it is helpful to learn more about the risks when determining if the implant supported dentures are right for you.
Risks of implant supported dentures
Although there are risks associated with implant supported dentures, they are minimal and the placement procedure has a high success rate. The following are four risks of implant supported dentures to become familiar with and check for following the placement of the dental implants.
Infection after placement
One of the main concerns dentists have after the placement of dental implants is an oral infection. Due to the incision made during the procedure, along with the residual bleeding and swelling that exists afterward, the risk of oral infection is greater for up to a week or more after the implants are placed. To minimize the risk, dentists may prescribe antibiotics and provide the patient with aftercare instructions to keep the mouth clean from harmful bacteria.
Nerve damage is another risk of implant supported dentures, but it is a minimal risk that is very uncommon. In instances where nerve damage does occur, it is typically minimal and does not cause any severe complications. However, it is still important to understand the risk factor and alert the dentist if any issues are detected. Nerve damage can feel painful or cause a tingling or numbing sensation to natural teeth, gums, lips, etc.
There are rare instances where the implant protrudes into one of the sinus cavities when placed in the upper jaw, although this is very rare and not typically a major concern of dentists. An issue in which the implant affects the sinuses may cause increased pain after placement, particularly in the area of the nasal passageway. It is important for patients to notify their general dentist if sinus complications develop following implant placement surgery.
Minor bleeding and swelling of the gums are normal for a week or more after the placement of the dental implants. However, in some rare instances, the pain in the mouth may become more severe due to an unintended and unexpected injury to other teeth, the gums, bone inside the jaw, etc. In some instances, blood vessels may become damaged due to a mouth injury, and it is encouraged to alert your general dentist to any intolerable pain that exists. The dentist can check for any severe complications and provide additional treatment during the recovery process to minimize the pain until a full recovery is made following a mouth injury.
Talk to a general dentist today
If you are interested in learning more about the risk of implant supported dentures, along with the benefits and treatment process in general, then get in touch with us today and schedule a time to come in for a visit. Our general dentist can answer your questions during the first visit.
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