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What Risks are Associated with Dental Implants

Diagram of a tooth replaced with a dental implantAt Oral & Facial Surgery, we proudly offer dental implant treatments, a popular solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants not only restore the functionality of your mouth and enhance your smile but they also offer comfort, a natural feel, easy maintenance, and prevention of jawbone loss. Dental implants have a remarkable 98 percent success rate. However, it's essential to be aware of potential risks associated with dental implants.

Understanding the Risks of Dental Implants

The risks associated with dental implantation are few and are not a common occurrence. However, the following can occur:

Integration Challenges (Osseointegration Failure)

The success of dental implants hinges on osseointegration, the fusion of the jawbone with the titanium implant posts. Osseointegration failure, where the bone fails to properly fuse to the implant, is a primary cause of complications. Possible factors contributing to integration challenges include:
•  Insufficient bone mass
•  Damage to surrounding tissues, including facial trauma during recovery
•  Incorrect implant placement
•  Overloading
•  Inflammation around the implant
•  Infections


Peri-implantitis, an infection of the dental implant leading to inflammation of bone and soft tissue, can result in bone mass loss. Infections may occur during surgery, recovery, or even years after implant placement. Risk factors for infections include:
•  Smoking
•  Diabetes
•  Poor immune system
•  Inadequate oral hygiene practices

Implant Fracture

Although rare, dental implant fracture can occur under extreme pressure or improper placement, especially in individuals with teeth grinding (bruxism). It's crucial to disclose bruxism before treatment.

Nerve Damage

Implants may occasionally damage nerves during or after the procedure, causing pain, numbness, or paresthesia (burning or prickling sensation). While nerve damage is reparable, it requires implant removal.


Corrosion, the gradual degradation of titanium in implants, weakens the post. Electrochemical corrosion can arise from contact with saliva. While the risk is minimal, those concerned about corrosion may explore zirconia implants, which are metal-free.

Despite these potential risks, the benefits of dental implants often outweigh them.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard in permanent tooth replacements. Dental implants are like real teeth exactly for this reason - because they are permanent. A dental implant will have a titanium post and an abutment piece that is usually indestructible. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. The implant post itself can last up to 25 years. The dental crown on top may need to be repaired or replaced after 10 to 15 years. The permanence and stability through osseointegration makes dental implants the most trusted option, and it is a quality that makes them look like real teeth. Other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges do not have roots, making them less secure and uncomfortable, also requiring more care and maintenance.

We Prioritize Your Oral Health and Safety

At Oral & Facial Surgery, we prioritize minimizing risks and ensuring your well-being. Understanding thes potential issues that can occur with dental implants and their placement allows for prompt action, improving the chances of successful treatment. For questions or concerns about dental implants and their risks, contact us today at (509) 872-4294.

Two Locations to Serve You

Lewiston, ID

444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501

Pullman, WA

1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163

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Lewiston, ID:

444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 986-252-8001

Fax: 208-743-1643


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

Pullman, WA

1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-872-4294

Fax: 509-330-5028


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

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