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What Could Go Wrong With A Dental Implant?

The whole procedure of having dental implants placed has seen dramatic changes over recent years. Dental technology has improved, new techniques have been introduced, and materials are of a fantastic quality. This means that for anyone embarking on dental implants in Richmond, or anywhere in the UK, they’ll be pleased to know that the whole process is relatively simple and extremely low risk. In fact the success rate for implants in the front of the upper jaw ranges from between 90-95% and for implants in the back section of the lower and upper jaw, the range is 85-95%.

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Failure of the implant to fuse with the bone is a major issue which could happen and would result in the implant falling out. Another possibility is that of the implant breaking or cracking. Occasionally there may be a problem with the connection of the prosthesis to the implant, and sometimes there can be an infection either in the soft tissue or the bone caused by the dental implant placement. Finally, it is possible for the nerves in the lower jaw to be damaged or for damage to occur to the maxillary sinus.

Whilst this may sound like a lot of things that could go wrong, put in perspective these complications rarely happen and typically account for less than 5% of all dental implant treatments. Usually these complications can be easily corrected but more recently there have been more extreme situations where inexperienced dentists have caused major problems for their patients. This is why it is so important to seek the services of highly trained professionals, such as Dr Harmit Kalsi and his experienced team here at Sheen Dental.

What is implant failure?

Implant failure is fairly uncommon and happens in just a handful of patients. Basically an implant is termed a failure if it falls out, can be moved, or there is a gap visibly showing around the head of the implant.

Causes of dental implant failure

On a very rare occasion a patient’s body might reject the implant and there seems to be absolutely no reason for it. However, we do recognise the following reasons for implant failure:

  • Insufficient bone or supporting tissue

  • The patient smokes heavily

Insufficient time is given for the implant to integrate into the bone before weight is put upon it

Certain medications and illnesses can mean a higher risk of failure which is why we undertake a thorough assessment of each patient’s medical history and in certain cases can follow alternative treatment or suggest another method of tooth replacement.

If you’re looking to have a dental implant in Richmond, then Sheen Dental offer a free consultation whereby you can meet the team, view the facilities and discuss your options. It’s a chance to air your concerns, receive answers, and be better positioned to make a decision about which type of tooth replacement to choose. Why not book a consultation appointment on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at


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