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Complications and Problems with Dental Implants

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Dental implants have been portrayed as a real breakthrough in the restorative dental field and are now understandably seen as a safe and permanent option to broken or missing teeth, and a great alternative to dentures and crowns. As a result many private clinics up and down the country regularly fit dental implants. In Richmond for example, Sheen Dental has been serving clients with implants for many years and has an exceptionally good success rate. However even if the oral surgeon is the best in the land, no surgeon can guarantee a 100% success rate and because of this there are going to be a few occasions where the dental implants won’t  be successful. Let’s take a look at what these could be.

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Failure to Osseointegrate

One of the critical factors in the success rate of dental implants is the osseointegration process. This is where over time, bone naturally regenerates and grows over the implants giving a rock solid platform upon which to place the prosthetic teeth. On some occasions this doesn’t happen. It could be because of a build up of bacteria in the mouth which may have caused infection, an error in the selection of implant type, peri-implantitis or gum disease, or heavy smoking which leads to restricted bone growth.

Dental implant rejection

Even though dental implants are made of titanium which is chosen for it’s propensity to be human friendly, there are occasions a patient may reject an implant, although it has to be said that this is extremely rare. It’s not because of the titanium implant itself, but rather because somewhere along the line, either during the manufacturing process or in the dental clinic itself, the implant itself has been contaminated. It’s this contamination that can cause the body to reject an implant.

Dental implant failure

The metal titanium is chosen not only for its ‘body friendly’ qualities but also because it’s a durable and lightweight material. As a result it’s very rare that a dental implant actually fails. However there is one problem that just may cause this to happen and this issue is known as Bruxism. In lay terms Bruxism is the grinding of the teeth when asleep. Inserting great pressure such as grinding on a newly laid implant can cause it to structurally breakdown, leading to dental implant failure.

As already stated, most of these problems are rare and to prevent these from happening, regular visits to the clinic during the entire implant process is a must. Here at Sheen Dental we make sure that our clients are our number one priority and as such we encourage post surgery visits with regard to our dental implants in Richmond. For further information about the dental implant process, call us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at


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