Without exception, dental implants represent the best treatment method for the replacement of missing or badly damaged teeth. If you are missing a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, you owe it to yourself at least to investigate the possibilities dental implants have to offer. No other tooth replacement option can match dental implants in terms of their strength, stability, durability, or aesthetic appeal. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures provide the next best thing to having a mouth full of your own healthy, natural teeth.
While dental implants undoubtedly provide many benefits, their placement is an invasive surgical procedure and, as such, is associated with potential risks and side effects. While the procedure is extraordinarily safe when performed by skilled, experienced dentists such as Dr. Clark Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship, patients should still know about any side effects before committing to surgery. It is for this reason that our dentists discuss dental implant surgery side effects in detail during consultations at our Fort Worth, TX cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry office.
Most patients feel that the side effects associated with dental implant surgery are far outweighed by the aesthetic, functional, and oral health benefits offered by implant dentistry. However, this is a decision that is highly personal and entirely your own. To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Damon or Dr. Blankenship at Texas Dental Center today.
What Is the Difference between a Side Effect and a Complication?
It is important to note that there is a difference between side effects and complications. Side effects are relatively common and generally temporary. Complications, on the other hand, are usually serious and extremely rare. Possible complications associated with dental implants, including implant failure, nerve damage, and sinus problems, are very unlikely to occur, especially among good candidates for the procedure. Our dentists screen dental implant candidates very carefully.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery?
Possible side effects of dental implant surgery include:
- Bleeding at the implant site: Some post-surgical bleeding is inevitable, and it could continue for up to 48 hours. To help control bleeding, you can bite down gently on a gauze pack.
- Discomfort or mild to moderate pain: All surgeries entail some degree of discomfort or pain, and dental implant surgery is no exception. However, our dentists will prescribe you a pain reliever that will help to control your pain.
- Bruising: Some bruising will probably appear on your face. You may also notice some discoloration of your gums. These will subside within a week or so of your surgery.
- Swelling: As with bruising, swelling will subside fairly quickly after your surgery. You may apply an ice pack to your face to reduce swelling.
- Infection: This side effect is usually preventable as long as patients follow the post-operative instructions provided to them and take all prescribed antibiotics as advised. However, even then, it remains a slight possibility.
Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery Side Effects
To learn more about dental implant surgery side effects, please contact Texas Dental Center today.