Dental Implant Problems

Dental implant problems are far less frequent than they were in the past. Actually success rates today are pretty impressive - 98 % to be precise!!

Dental implant failures are most commonly related to the dental implants not osseointegrating with the bone - or in everyday English: The dental implants do not bond properly to the jaw bone as well as expected.

This inability to osseointegrate properly, in the event that this happens, can result in the occurrence of dental implant problems such as those mentioned below:

A Reader's Questions

"...What should I do ? The cover screw fell of the implants. What are the repercussions of not getting them replaced..."

Check below.

  • Dental implant infection: This can be caused by an infection that was introduced during the dental implant surgery or the crown restoration. Poor oral hygiene caused by the patient's bad habits can cause infections as well. In both cases, the infection causes inflammation of the bone in the area surrounding the implant, that will cause bone loss. Infection is the number one cause for dental implant rejection.
  • Insufficient bone mass: If a dental implant is placed in an area in the jaw where the bone volume is too small the implant might not bond to the bone properly. Early detection of this possible scenario will lead to a bone graft to be performed during the dental implant surgery and consequently will lower the chances of dental implants complications.
  • Smoking: Risk of failure is increased significantly with smoking patients. It is most likely that your dentist will urge you to stop smoking before starting the dental implant procedure (that is -if you are a smoker, of course).
  • Patient's physical condition / general health: Patients in better physical condition enjoy higher rates of success than patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure or any other health condition that might impair bone growth. Bone growth is affected by poor blood supply to the bone and specifically to the site where the implant is placed.
  • Another Reader's Questions

    "...Muscle aches,stiff neck,chills,cancer sores along my whole right side of the tongue and the lower pallet...."

    Read more questions below.

  • Immediate loading: Some dentists like to load the implants immediately after placing them (they build the crown on top of the implant immediately after placing them in the jaw bone). In doing so, the forces on the tooth (implant) might disturb the osseointegration process and cause dental implant failure. This is a rare scenario because dentists usually don't load the implants immediately, and if they do, they make sure that there is no pressure applied to the implant tooth.
These are some of the reasons for implant problems. If you do fall within the 2 % failure rate and an implant fails, it is removed and if conditions are right, the site is prepared for another immediate dental implant placement. If the site is not ready for an immediate implant replacement, the dentist will let the area heal for a few months until conditions exist for a second try.

Conclusion

If you don't smoke and you're in good general health - your chances for a successful treatment are very good and you have no reason to think about dental implant problems.


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I have a history of bones not mending. 
can I expect problems with the implant being accepted? I broke my right arm and it took forever to mend. I was on a bone stimulator for 18 months. Number …

Infection at implant site 
Infection at implant site - I have 3 implants since 13 years, and during all these years comes suppuration that no dentist till now could explain. Tomography …

Living with Pain 
I am in pain because the dentist has put in 3 discs over implants in my BOTTOM denture that are too large and I cannot chew. Dentures pop up from my bottom …

Re-position dental implant or not 
I had 5 implants put in. The implant specialist is not happy with the position of implant #12. (he used a guide that my prosthodontist made (after having …

Collapsed Gum after Implant 
Collapsed Gum after Implant: I had an implant done in my upper jaw (5th back from center). Before this was done, following root canal treatment a couple …

Create a temporary crown to cover the abutment... 
In Oct of 2010, I had oral surgery to remove my last lower molar on my left side and also had a bone graft. On May 21st, 2012 I had a short implant installed …

Gums started receding from implant area 
I had 2 implants and bridge done, finished 2 years ago..These are in the very front, of my mouth, I am lucky that I don't have a huge smile otherwise …

Full upper dental implants 
I'm having full upper dental implants - 10 on four and had the implants and temporary plate put in on the 29th March 2012. After the operation, my face …

Upper molar implant nightmare 
Upper molar implant nightmare: When an upper left molar, second from the back, near my sinuses was implanted with a tooth, I felt as though the dentist …

Severe infection around two of the implants 
Five years ago I went to a dentist in Budapest and had five implants to support an over denture.The denture does not have a full palette, it is in the …

Pain in Gums and Cheek after Implant on tooth #11 
I had implants placed on teeth #7 and #11 due to impacted canines. There were never issues with #7, but #11 on the other hand did fail. After having …

Sustained nerve pain 
Over the past 2 years I have had 4 molars placed in my lower jaw and am in the process of finishing up 8 dental implants in the maxilla, 4 on each side. …

One of the implants is releasing this battery sensation 
Directly after the anaesthesia wore out from the first phase of the 2 implants I had, one of them has a hot electrical current sensation since then. I …

Can't Speak Properly after Full Mouth Restoration 
Can anyone shed light on this - Can't Speak Properly after full mouth restoration. I've spent the past two years having a full mouth restoration. I …

Stubborn sinus infection with a compromised tooth 
Before having my implant, my dentist suggested that I might need a sinus lift. My dental surgeon said it would not be necessary(he is quite excellent by …

Should I hear a clicking sound when the parts of implant put together? 
I had a few implants installed about 4 month ago and today I was at the doctor's office to prepare for the crowns. Temporary covers were removed from the …

Worried that the bone loss is irreversible and I have to spend the rest of my life with a numb jaw... 
In March 2005, I had two implants either side of my lower jaw to replace two molars, three months later the crown was fitted. Prior to the crown being …

Upper right canine dental implant 
Upper right canine dental implant came out - what should I do? Last April I had a bone grapht and they later installed the dental implant for my upper …

Could I be sensitive to the porcelain crown material 
Two years ago , I had 6 dental implants done after some old post and crown restorations broke and to replace a missing tooth. The final crowns placed …

Worried about my dental implant 
Hello, I am so worried about my dental implant. I needed a dental implant after redoing a crown that developed an infection after 10 mos. I had an …

Should the surgeon be responsible for the root canal cost? 
This is the story of tooth #12: I shattered the entire root of #12 eating a piece of red licorice. It had already had a PFM on it and had a huge Post …

Dental implant tooth - extreme pain 
Dental implant tooth - extreme pain 10 days after treatment: Dental implant with healing abutment placed routinely, no grafting - good bone - I continue …

Can taking anti inflammatory medications or supplements interfere with my body's ability to accept a dental implant? 
Can taking anti inflammatory medications or supplements interfere with my body's ability to accept a dental implant? Is there a comprehensive list of …

Tooth continues to feel like something is too tight 
I had #11 dental implant restoration completed, but the tooth continues to feel like something is too tight. It's like there is something pressing against …

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Broken dental implant abutment 
Broken dental implant abutment problem: I have three implants starting with the front tooth and the two next to it.My dentist screwed the abutments …

Titanium fixture for dental implant has broke 
Titanium fixture for dental implant has broke: I have a front tooth titanium fixture that broke - leaving part of the pole in the gum and part in the …

Any connection of these symptoms to dental implant procedure? 
I Had two (12/13) upper dental implant placed 5 days ago and now I have a right neck pain radiating right lower scapular area especially when I turn my …

Upper lip was falling down when I smile 
I had an implant done in March 2011. Immediately after the implant was done my upper lip was falling down when I smile and would not lift, and if I raised …

Immediate area around the implant is numb 
I had an implant installed one year ago, upper right second tooth from center. Now I feel like I have a tooth-pick shoved up along side of my nose and …

Dental Implants and smoking 
Dental Implants and smoking I'm jumping the gun here because right now I still have my lower left first molar. I am experiencing pain in this tooth …

Cover screw fell of implants 
What should I do - Cover screw fell of implants. What are the repercussions of not getting them replaced? I live at UAE and my doctor in Jordan s I cant …

Metal poisoning symptoms 
I have had a metal dental implant on my right top front tooth for almost 8 years, I am now 21. It was a quite long and painful procedure at the time. My …

Dental Implant Pain 
Dental implant pain after 18 years: I have had a dental implant for 18 years to replace upper front tooth. Had no problem until 6 months ago. The implant …

Wobbly Dental Implant 
I had 4 implants 18 months ago. No problems with 3 but the 4th (in my upper right jaw) has become wobbly on 5 separate occasions now, making the gum around …

One of my implants is crooked 
I just got two implants yesterday (teeth # 7 and 10). I got immediate temporary load and they look bad. They are shorter than my other teeth since they …

Soreness of the gum above the two front teeth 
I had four implants done in my upper jaw which support eight teeth. The two front teeth are bridged to an implant either side of them, but there seems …

Broken screw inside implant 
I had an implant done in the early 90's and the screw that connects the crown/post to the inplant sheard in half. The majority is left in the implant. …

I am having hearing problems with 
I had a full upper bridge on 4 implants over a year ago. I am having hearing problems with an echoing sound all the time with tinnitus. Can this be associated …

Nose block and mild head ache 
I had 14 implants with bone grafting 8 days ago in upper and lower jaw, post surgery injections were given and prescription for 3 days. I had no obvious …

Accidental use of a cover screw instead of a dental implant fixture 
I made a mistake and used a cover screw instead of a fixture and placed it into the bone. how can i remove it?

All on 4 implant supported bridge with 10 teeth 
Has anyone had the Viso.Lign All on 4 implant supported bridge with 10 teeth done? I think this is relatively new in some areas and it's more affordable …

Too old for implants? 
My father is 90 years old and in fair health. He is about to loose what is left of his upper teeth and the oral surgeon strongly suggests doing 4 implants. …

I hate my implants they look so false  
Can somebody please give me some advise. I had implants 3 years sgo and they are awful they look so false they cost $5600 ! What can I do? I do not …

Implant crown not vertical 
I have just had a trial fitting of the tooth which will sit on my implant. However, the tooth slants frontwards, toward the mesial tooth. I have just had …

Six upper implants 
Six upper implants 12 days ago - I still have swelling on left side really never went down. Can only have liquids. Taking vi codon 7.5 every three hours. …

Dental implant rejection 
Dental implant rejection: Recently I had the last of 3 dental implants. The first 2 implants have caused me no problems at all. but this last implant …

Bumps in the area of the implant 
I have an implant that is 5 years old. The gum area around the implant has two small bumps or bulges. The area has been viewed by Xray at my dentist …

Bone fragments sticking up?? 
Bone fragments sticking up: I had mini dental implants recently and around two of the implants I've noticed bone shards sricking up around the implants, …

Microscopic crack in my implant 
My dentist found a microscopic crack in my implant. How long are implants supposed to last? Should there be any warranty on the length of time they last? …

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Dental implant and bariatric surgery 
I had an immediate Zimmer implant #10 in Dec. of '09, which never osseointegrated. I don't present with any of the usual reasons for failure. The implant …

Cannot stand anything touching my gums 
I guess I don't really have a implant problem, I have a gum problem. I have never heard of anyone else having this problem. I tried regular upper dentures …

Lower Permanent Denture 
I have a lower permanent denture, with 6 implants. The denture was put in middle of October. Just 5 months later the gum portion of the denture is wearing …

Risk of implant failure with Primary Sjogren's Syndrome 
Risk of implant failure with Primary Sjogren's Syndrome: I have primary Sjogren's Syndrome, have not made any saliva for over 15 years. Due to this …

Going to South Africa less than 10 days after a tooth implant 
Does anyone know if going to South Africa less than 10 days after a tooth implant would be a problem? Have been told not to seek dental help while there, …

Gum blistering at dental implant 
Gum blistering at dental implant: I had a crown with rod placed about 9 months ago. After about 4-5 months my gum in that location had a swelling like …

Dental Implant Pain 
I had an implant over one year ago. No problems, then they put the crown on and after about 3 months I had a burning throbing pain at the implant site. …

Recurrent infections have any other health consequences such as developing heart disease 
When I was 14 I had a moped accident and had my #7 and #8 teeth knocked out. They were put back in and stayed until the resorbed about 14 years later. …

Demylization in the brain 
Since my implant I have had pains down my arm triggered especially by using my right hand and using my eyes: scanning text, looking at items in a grocery …

Debra 
My dental implant of first molar in lower jaw became infected after five months and had to be removed. I have fibromyalgia, chronic meningitis, and wear …

Off-Center Implant 
Hello, The root of my upper right second premolar broke and the tooth had to be extracted. The clot didn't fill the entire socket (no pain, no alveolitis). …

Healing Screw came off 
I had written in on 12-18-10 about a screw that had come out of a new implant that I had just started on 11-3-10. It was nothing to panic about being it …

Loose Dental Implant 
Do I have to pay again for a Loose dental implant after only 1 year it was placed?

Must IRUSH and decide on implant after 4 months extracting my tooth? 
I had extracted my front tooth 4 months ago. My dentist mentioned that now is a good time for putting the implant, as the bones are perfect,, i am not …

Headache 3 days after implants 
My husband had 3 dental implants 2 days ago. Upper front Right side . He never complained of much pain. He refused even a Tylenol. Now he is complaining …

Post might poke through the floor of the sinus cavity 
I need an upper implant. The dentist said that the post might poke through the floor of the sinus cavity. This concerns me. I have no sinus problems …

Dental implant pain 
Dental implant pain- I had an implant put in about 6 or 7 years ago . since then I have had a burning metal taste on the same spot and side as the …

Vertigo and jaw pain after implant surgery 
Vertigo and jaw pain after implant surgery: I recently had dental implants on my bottom back teeth (July 2010) - four on each side which the dentist …

Swelling on side of implant a year later 
I had an implant put in to replace a back tooth over a year ago. It was without any complications. For many months I have been experiencing swelling …

Dental implant not integrating 
dental implant not integrating. Is there any hope for this after a year. My second implant is doing fine after a second try on that one.

Full mouth of dental implants 
I have a full mouth of dental implants on the bottom. My gum seems to be dissipating around the area of the teeth and I have pain. Will this worsen and …

Smokers and implants 
what is the specific reason that you don't apply implant for smokers

Muscle aches,stiff neck,chills 
I've had my #22 extracted and a bone graft placed 3 weeks ago.Ive been sick ever since:Muscle aches,stiff neck,chills,cancer sores along my whole right …

Encourage the implants to integrate 
I have had dental implants placed to hold a partial. One or more are not integrating. What can be done to encourage the implants to integrate?

jp 
I had an implant done 5 years ago. I had to have a bone graft as I had lost some bone. The crown that was put on the implant at the time was not very aesthetically …

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chairman 
I had all my lower teeth extracted a few months back and the dentist made dentures for me.Inspite of adjustments and even lining they have not fitted and …

dental implant and health issues 
I don't question about my dentists professional , ability and skill to perform a dental implant - he is one of the best as I have researched and he has …

Implant discomfort 5 years later 
Implant discomfort 5 years later: Recently I have been getting pain from my implant from my molar. I had this procedure done almost 5 years ago, and …

Discomfort and clicking in the TMJ 
I developed headaches, tinnitus, discomfort and clicking in the TMJ bilaterally following placement of implants and bridges in the lower jaw. Does this …

COVER SCREW 
I had an implant 3 months ago but the cover screw fell out two time and the dentist put a 3rd cover screw, is that bad sign.

Would my teeth shift 
I am having an implant placed where there wasn't need for a bone grapht; the area is at the top, distal from the mouth. My concern was with a gap there …

should i go for dental implant 
Hi, I had lost my 2 front teeth in 2001. My age is 24. Should i go for dental implant? I had fear of surgery, is it safe ?

Deformed Head of Integrated Dental Implant 
Hi I have an implant that is perfectly integrated with my bone. It was placed in 2006. My crown became loose in 2010. I met with a prosthodontist who …

Unable to release porcelain tooth from implant 
I have just had porcelain crown put in on implant left back upper jaw. On follow up visit 1 wk later, returned for final check of that all was ok. Dentist …

Dental Implants and Metal Allergies 
Anyone have info on dentists who can order a Melisa metal dental implants test and who uses other materials besides Titanium?

Dental implants affecting other teeth 
Dental Implant cause other teeth to become crooked: Close to 5 years ago I had three upper back teeth removed and implants put in. This consist of …

Sinus problems with dental implants 
I got my implants five days ago, and I've noticed that in my right nostril, there is a sensitive sensation (like when you drink something too cold) deep …

Dental Implant Problem Questions 
I am 65 years old, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. I lost an upper left tooth(3rd) from the back! I have no problems with this missing tooth and it …

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