Like with any dental surgical procedure, there are certain risks patients must accept before receiving dental implants.

Like with any surgery, and depending on the type of dental implant treatment, there is the possibility or likelihood of swelling, bruising and pain. The pain aspect is very subjective and varies from patient to patient, but in our experience when we review patient and ask them about their pain experience, in the vast majority of cases the patients tell us that they did not feel the need to take the pain medication that we prescribed them, even those who had full immediate reconstruction with implants.

The other thing with surgery is that we often operate in the vicinity of blood vessels and nerves. There is always a risk of the surgery affecting these structures that may lead to numbness or altered sensation to a certain part of the lip or chin. But this is very uncommon in our practice.

Its also important to understand that the dental implants bond to the bone through a process called osseointegration. It’s a biological process. If this does not occur, or if that bond breaks down for whatever reason, then the dental implant is deemed to have failed and needs to be removed. Dental implant failure is also quite uncommon in our practice, but a risk nevertheless.

One of the more common things that can happen after dental implant placement is recession of the gum. This can make the tooth or teeth appear longer than the adjacent natural teeth. So we would often recommend some sort of dental tissue reconstructive procedures at the same time as the implant placement so that to lessen the chances of recession and the affect that it could have on the aesthetics.

Of course there are also the risk of infection, bleeding, and the unknown, …because every patient is different in every way.

But our practice is a dedicated facility and we treat hundreds of patients each year, -and the type and severity of complications with implants that we most often see are relatively benign.