When it is time to replace missing teeth and you do not want to get dentures, then you cannot ignore dental implant surgery. Once the metal rod is in place and the crown tooth fits on top, it is just like having a new tooth in your mouth. As someone who is booked in to get dental implants in the near future, it is important you know about the possibility of after-surgery complications. Complications after having a dental implant are rare, but by knowing the signs of possible issues, then you can immediately head to your dentist to get the problem dealt with. Here are two of the most common complications that you may experience.
As with any dental procedure, there is a risk of infection at the site of the dental implant. This is because when the titanium rod is inserted in your mouth, the dentist needs to open up the gum to insert the rod into the jawbone. This open wound site is then open to attack by the bacteria in your mouth. The most obvious signs of an infection are pain around the implant, red or swollen gums around the implant or a bad smell originating at the implant site. If you suspect an infection, then make an appointment with your dentist straight away, and they will prescribe antibiotics that will help kill it.
Surrounding Teeth Damage
Every dentist takes the utmost care when inserting the titanium rod into your mouth, but there is always a possibility of damage to surrounding teeth or tissue happening during the dental implant process. You will notice pain in the neighbouring area after the implant is done if any damage has occurred. The good news is that tissue damage will heal at the same time that the implant site heals, so any pain medication you are taking during this time will assist the pain originating from both areas. If you have concerns about a neighbouring tooth sustaining damage, then make a follow-up appointment with your dentist so that they can check whether any damage was done and offer restoration options if needed.
There is nothing to fear when it comes to having a dental implant procedure because your dentist is well trained in the task. However, by being aware of these two possible after-surgery issues, then you know to make a follow-up appointment with your dentist sooner rather than later.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!