The Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery
Beyond any doubt, dental implants represent the best available option for the replacement of missing or badly damaged teeth. In terms of strength, stability, and aesthetics, no other treatment comes close. Whether you are missing a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, implant-supported crowns, bridges, or dentures will allow you to restore form, function, and health to your mouth.
Although dental implants offer a multitude of benefits, their placement is a serious surgical procedure. As such, it is associated with potential risks and side effects. As a skilled and experienced implant surgeon, Dr. Peter Hellwig is able to minimize these risks; however, he also wants his patients to be fully advised of them before committing to surgery. This is why he makes a point of discussing all possible dental implant surgery side effects in detail with patients during consultations at his San Diego practice. He wants his patients to be able to make confident, educated decisions about whether to proceed with dental implant surgery rather than simply basing their decisions on the many known advantages of implant dentistry.
Of course, most patients decide to proceed even after being advised of the risks associated with the procedure, and ultimately, most are pleased with that decision. If you would like to find out whether implant dentistry is right for you, we urge you to meet with Dr. Peter Hellwig at your soonest convenience.
What are the possible side effects of dental implant surgery?
First, it is important to note that there is a difference between side effects, which are relatively common and temporary, and complications, which are more serious and thankfully quite rare. Complications such as implant failure, sinus problems, and nerve damage are often the result of poor treatment planning and candidate screening, which patients of Dr. Hellwig’s do not have to worry about. As is the case of any experienced implant dentist, Dr. Hellwig carefully screens patients to ensure their candidacy for the procedure and meticulously plans their surgeries using the most advanced technology at his disposal.
Common side effects of dental implant surgery, some or all of which you may experience to some degree, include:
- Bleeding at the implant site: Some bleeding is bound to occur after surgery, and may continue for up to 48 hours. Biting down on a gauze pack will help to control bleeding.
- Discomfort or mild to moderate pain: As with any surgery, you are bound to experience some discomfort or pain after dental implant surgery. You will be prescribed a pain reliever that will help you to manage your pain.
- Bruising: You will probably notice bruising on your face, as well as discoloration of your gums. These will subside in the days after your surgery.
- Swelling: As with bruising, swelling will subside over time. An ice pack can be used to reduce swelling.
- Infection: This side effect occurs primarily when patients fail to follow post-operative instructions or to take prescribed antibiotics as advised.
As long as you follow all post-operative instructions provided to you by Dr. Hellwig to the letter, all side effects should pass within the first week or so of your surgery.
Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery Side Effects
To learn more about dental implant surgery side effects, please contact the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Dr. Peter Hellwig today.