If you suffer from missing teeth, you may be considering dental implant surgery. Dental implants are a permanent, natural feeling tooth replacement
option. Because dental implant treatment requires minor oral surgery, there are some potential side effects associated with the procedure. To find out if dental implants are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Lincoln dentist Andrew R. Glenn.
The Potential Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery
Though dental implant surgery itself is minimally invasive, there are some side effects that can be expected after surgery. Side effects include:
Pain: Pain is one of the most common side effects of dental implant surgery. Patients may feel pain within the gum tissue around the incision site, jaw pain, or even facial pain around the treated area. Some oral surgeons prescribe pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter option. If taking over-the-counter pain medications, it is important to look for aspirin-free options, like ibuprofen. Aspirin can lead to bleeding problems after dental implant surgery. Pain should decrease as the body heals. If pain does not lessen or becomes worse, this could be a sign of infection or other complication, and should be brought to your dentist's attention immediately.
Swelling: Another possible side effect of dental implant surgery is swelling. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and will likely be seen immediately after surgery. Swelling may occur within the gum tissue around the incision or may also be seen in the facial tissue on the side of the face where a dental implant was placed. Gently placing an ice pack to the area of swelling can help reduce it and ease pain. Like pain, swelling should decrease in the days following treatment. If swelling doesn't subside or worsens, this can be a sign of infection or other complication and should be addressed by your dentist as soon as possible.
Bruising: Some patients may experience bruising after dental implant surgery. Some patients experience bruising around the jaw line and cheeks. Often, the bruising is internal and should resolve within a week or two of surgery.
The Potential Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
In addition to knowing the side effects of dental implants, it's also important to understand the risks before undergoing this treatment. The potential risks include:
Infection: Infection can occur after dental implant surgery if precautions aren't taken to keep the incision site clean and free of bacteria. Following all post-operative instructions and practicing good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.
Implant failure: Dental implants can fail if the jaw bone doesn't fuse to the implant. Infection and smoking are the leading causes of implant failure.
Temporary or permanent nerve damage: Though rare, nerve damage may occur from dental implant surgery, causing numbness or tingling of the affected tissue.
Find Out if Dental Implant Surgery Is Right for You
To learn more about dental implant surgery or to find out if you're a candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Glenn today!
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