Dental Implants Failure and Rejection: What to Look Out For?

If you’re looking to have dental implants in Nottingham fitted or you’ve already opted for the procedure, you could be wondering about early or late dental implant rejection. Of course like all foreign objects being inserted into the body there comes a risk that the body will choose to reject the object. This is highly unlikely but it’s good to have a thorough knowledge on the topic just in case. Here’s all you need to know about implant rejection. 

Early implant failure or rejection 
Now complications, like with all medical procedures, can happen at any given stage of the process. Early problems with implants usually appear in the first three to four months of treatment. You should always keep in mind that every case is different and so this is just a general guide and that you are likely to incur some discomfort in the early weeks after surgery. If however, you are still in large amounts of discomfort after the first five to seven days it’s worth getting back into contact with your dentist as soon as you can and always keep in mind that for the area to fully heal it can take up to six months. 

Things to look out for 
Infections as when you cut any area of the body open can develop either during or post surgery. There are other factors at play such as if you’re a smoker or have an autoimmune disease. Infection signs are swelling, pus, pain, and dull aching. If you are experiencing any of these best visit your practice to get a second opinion. Micro-movement will very rarely happen, but if it does it’s usually related to a tooth being removed prior to surgery or an allergic reaction to the titanium. If the crown hasn’t properly attached to the jawbone, you’ll likely be able to see or feel a micro-movement. These cases are extremely rare and will require some assistance from your dental implant specialist. If you haven’t got enough bone naturally occurring to support your new implant the implant will not be able to connect and grow with the jawbone and will result in failure. It can be possible in rare cases for patients to experience an allergic reaction to the implant. In these cases you’ll notice swelling, loss of taste or a tingly feeling in the area. 

Late dental implant failure 
There are a few things that can occur as long-term dental implant issues. Again these are very rare but do happen and it’s best to have all the facts. Implants can move into the sinus cavity. If you suffer an injury to one you could loosen or dislodge the implant and trigger foreign object rejection or nerve damage. And again there are things to look out for in these cases: issues when chewing, inflammation around the gums, swelling on the face, pain or discomfort and loosening of the implant itself. 

Do not fear 
Now all this may sound a little disquieting and you are of course always clever to be cautious, but all these issues are very rare and usually happen as a result of poor oral hygiene post-procedure. Which is why keeping on top of your oral health is so important when you opt for dental implants.