Dental Implants: Are They for Me?
Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney,
Are There Any Risks to My Health with Implant Treatment?
Some health factors are important when considering
Surgery or Anesthetic
Usual precautions associated with a local or general anesthetic
must be taken. Sometimes an opening into the sinus cavity above
the upper teeth or a nerve injury can occur. These incidents
seldom result in permanent damage.
People who experience abnormal psychologic stresses or are not
motivated may have problems with surgery and may not be able or
willing to follow oral hygiene instructions. However, persons
who avoid contact with other people because they are concerned
about their missing or unattractive teeth may be helped.
There are some temporary conditions that can result from implant
placement: pain and swelling of gums, lip, or tongue; speech
problems; and inflammation (heat, redness, swelling, and pain)
of the gums. Possible long-term difficulties may include nerve
injury, bone loss if the implants fail, overgrowth of gums, and
mouth or general bacterial infection. For those people who have
other body part replacements or heart valve problems,
endocarditis (inflammation of the inside lining of the heart) or
infection may be a risk.
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