What are Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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If you’ve visited our blog before, you have read about the advantages of dental implant procedures. That’s because they are an amazing replacement for missing teeth and have been used successfully in the area for over 30 years. At , close to 98% of our implant placements are successful. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In today’s post, we will review possible complications of a dental implant.


Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic before implant surgery.

How to protect against infection:

Beginning the second day post-surgery, an implant patient should rinse with a salt water solution. This helps prevent infection while the implant site is healing. The patient should continue normal daily dental hygiene and start brushing and flossing the implant as soon their dentist recommends. If an infection develops weeks after the surgery, another course of antibiotics usually takes care of it.

Slow healing

A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include severe gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. takes preexisting conditions into account when advising potential implant recipients. 

Sinus problems

Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of the physical proximity, an implant can puncture the floor of the sinus cavity. This is so rare, most implant dentists have never had a tooth implant patient experience it. One such case was documented by the International Journal of Implant Dentistry. An implant recipient experienced obstructed nasal airflow. It was discovered that the implant had broken through the nasal floor. The implant recipient underwent surgery to repair it. The surgery was successful and the patient was able to retain the implant.

Implant failure

If an implant fails to fuse with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage takes place in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

Let’s discuss your concerns

Are you considering but worry about the risks? We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss your concerns.



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Can You Completely Restore a Smile With Several Missing Teeth?

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Tooth Roots Permanently Anchored

Unlike traditional removable dentures, total mouth reconstruction requires strong, functional, and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard about dental implants; the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the ideal replacement for a missing tooth.

Versatile Dental Implants

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a framework for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

What Are The Differences Between Fixed and Removable?

Fixed implant-retained dentures (sometimes called screw-in) require more implants than the removable type. They can restore 100% chewing function.

Removable implant dentures (sometimes called snap-in) may require just 4 implants to stabilize the upper arch and just 2 for the lower denture. Removable implant-stabilized dentures can restore up to 90% of chewing ability.

Case Study of Full Mouth Recontruction

Every smile redesign patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Laura’ was a 52-year-old woman with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her existing teeth were chipped and her gums had regressed revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong, and youthful-looking smile, she received tooth implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The result? A dazzling smile.

Laura is now proud to show off her smile. She can eat whatever she wants. She no longer feels self-conscious at social events.

If you believe your smile can’t be restored, let’s talk.


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What is the Best Replacement for a Missing Tooth?

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Hands Down, the Best Tooth Replacement Option

Tooth implants are the prime tooth replacement available to individuals who are missing teeth.

Are you too old for an implant?

Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proven to be successful for men and women of all ages. They have a succesful track record of several decades.

A tooth implant is a metal (usually titanium) post anchored into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post.

Titanium is Strong and Biocompatible

Titanium is amazingly sturdy and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection.

An Implant Can Last The Rest of Your Life

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.

Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is inserted into the jaw bone, it is critical that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. can determine if you do. 

Talk to an Implant Dentist About Medical Issues

There are a few health concerns that may impact your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you.

Discuss any health problems with during your dental implant consultation.

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The Rate of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed or Stopped With an Implant

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The alveolar bone

The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. It’s main job is to support the teeth and provide a tough foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to continually produce new bone.

What can cause alveolar bone loss?


When a tooth is taken out, the bone at the extraction site is no longer necessary. 

It’s not just that the root is gone, the forces of chewing no longer stimulate the bone at that site. First, the bone gets narrower. Then it gets shorter.

Studies have shown that a significant amount of alveolar bone loss can take place within six weeks after an extraction.

Periodontal disease

Gingivitis is not just a problem with the soft tissues. The infection caused by gingivitis (gum disease) can destroy alveolar bone. Advanced periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth. The rate of bone loss caused by the periodontal disease may be accelerated when the tooth roots are gone.

What if I can’t get an implant immediately after a tooth extraction?

If you plan to get a permanent tooth implant after having a tooth extracted, it’s best to do it as soon as your implant dentist recommends. Bone decreases quickly.

Some implant dentists use socket preservation grafts. With this treatment, your dentist fills the extraction socket with bone grafting material. The grafting material should start integrating with the surrounding bone. This won’t halt all bone loss, but it may slow it down.

Dentures don’t preserve alveolar bone

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no original teeth. Many individuals with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s challenging to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And nobody wants a toothless mouth.

It’s vital to understand, however, that dentures don’t replace the roots of the missing teeth and they don’t preserve alveolar bone. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps preserve jawbone structure.

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Are Dentures The Only Answer For Extensive Tooth Loss?

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At , we restore smiles for patients with severe tooth loss.

What is total mouth reconstruction?

Modern restorative dentistry makes total mouth reconstruction a reality! Total mouth reconstruction restores all the teeth with dental implants and/or implant-anchored dentures.

What are dental implants?

  • Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations
  • Dental implants replace the tooth root with a titanium post permanently anchored into the jaw bone
  • Dental implants can be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures

What are implant-anchored dentures?

Dental implants create a sturdy foundation for either a permanent or removable overdenture (dental applicance).

Total mouth reconstruction: a case study

“David” was a 54-year-old patient with extreme tooth loss. This was the result of a lifetime dental dilemmas.

A lifetime of dental problems

David was injured in an automobile crash in his early twenties. Several teeth were damaged and had to be removed. 

He got a dental bridge to fill the gap. It was difficult to clean under the bridge. The adjacent teeth eventually decayed and also had to be extracted.

Dentures weren’t ideal

This left David with few teeth left. These teeth developed severe decay.

He was in so much pain, he decided to have the remaining teeth taken out so he could wear dentures.

His dentures never fit well and created painful sores on his gums.

He visited for a consultation

Finally, he decided to look into a better tooth replacement. He visited us at for a dental implant consultation.

He explained the problems with his dentures:

  1. His dentures masked the taste of food
  2. He avoided social events because they slipped around in his mouth
  3. They caused painful mouth sores

created a treatment plan for total mouth restoration with dental implants.

The treatment consisted of eight dental implant procedures. Four implants were placed on each arch, upper and lower.

Implant dentists use 3D digital imaging to determine where to place the implants. They have to account for bone, nerves and–in the upper arch–the sinuses.

Two custom removable overdentures were created, one for the upper and one for the lower arch. 

Step 1: Placing the implants

David had the implant posts placed in February of 2019. The procedure only took a few hours. He felt minimal discomfort when the implants were screwed in. The gums are sewn in place over the implants so they are not exposed during the healing period.

In many cases (including this one), the implant dentist recommends an interim period for the osseointegration (fusing) to occur.

During this period, David wore temporary dentures specially designed not to place pressure at the implant sites.

Step 2: Creating custom dentures

used 3D digital imaging to design two removable appliances (overdentures) to attach to the implants.

Step 3: Exposing the implants and placing the attachments 

In August of 2019, attached the abutments (connecting pieces) to the posts. Two custom dentures had been fabricated previously. Each appliance had corresponding hardware to securely attach to the implants.

David wears the dentures during the day. He takes them out at night and cleans them.

Step 4: He got his youthful smile back!

David couldn’t believe how beautiful his smile looked when it was finished. He was amazed at how the implant-anchored dentures worked just like natural teeth.

He said “I have my twenty-year-old smile again.”

David received a beautiful new smile and renewed confidence.

This case is representative of many of our patients who have numerous missing teeth.

Whether you are missing two teeth or twenty, give us a call to talk about total mouth restoration.


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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Not happy with your smile?

Have you been asking yourself about improving your smile?  

Do you have an extracted tooth that visually bothers you or your spouse or partner? 

Could your smile be holding you back in business or social pursuits? 

Are you sick and tired of loose dentures slipping around in your mouth? 

Whatever the reason for considering tooth implants, know that dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution that will give you the most genuine smile. 

Go Back in Time

A permanent dental implant can give you back your original smile.

The development and use of dental implants represents one of the most remarkable advances in dentistry in decades. This has been made possible with the discovery and advancement of materials that can be put into the body. The implants are placed into your jawbone where they are used as anchors for the new teeth. The new teeth are made to match the patient’s other teeth.

There are usually (3) phases of an implant process.

Dental implant placement.

The implant (or post) is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The dentist numbs the area and makes a small cut in the gum to expose the jawbone. The jawbone is drilled precisely to accept the implant. The implant is then screwed into the jawbone. It is then allowed to heal.


This word by definition means to heal into the bone. It is the process where the jawbone is given time to heal and mesh with the post. The implant site becomes much stronger once the jawbone meshes with the implant. Osseointegration can take from (1) month to (3) months depending on the individual.

You get your new tooth and new smile!

An abutment or attachment piece is connected to the implant. The new crown is made to match perfectly with your other teeth. The size, shape, and color will all be considered prior to final fit. The final crown may take some time to make. During this time a temporary crown is attached to the implant. The temporary crown ensures that the patient can eat and talk without any dilemmas. The temporary crown is only used until the permanent crown is ready.

Patients who have received implants find them to be the most robust way to repair their teeth problems. Dental implants have proven to be an effective long term solution to missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist on your next visit. Your dentist will want to talk to you about your concerns and ask about any health concerns. Certain diseases, medications, and chronic ailments could be a concern and require further evaluation.


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Dental Implants Play a Starring Role in Makeovers and Mouth Reconstruction

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If you’ve looked at before and after photos of our patients, you know that dental implants transform smiles. As such, they are commonly used in both smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction.

Dental implants restore form and function

In other words, tooth implants have beauty and brawn.

The fact that dental implant procedures are both cosmetic and restorative leads us to a question we get asked frequently;

What’s the difference between a makeover and total mouth reconstruction?

Smile makeovers and complete reconstruction may include similar procedures. But at the end of the day (or beginning, depending on your appointment time) they are different.

A fundamental difference is the primary goal for each type of treatment. It goes back to beauty and brawn.

A cosmetic smile makeover

With a smile transformation the main objective is to create a perfect, celebrity-caliber smile. The patient may want to realign their teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing configuration. They may want to whiten stained teeth. Repair chipped teeth. Replace old silver fillings.

By definition, a smile makeover transforms your appearance and boosts your self confidence. There are a lot of different options when it comes to a smile makeover; veneers are used to mask superficial flaws. Veneers are also a good option for severe stains or discolored teeth. Another common option is teeth whitening. And depending on your budget, this can either be done at home or by a professional. 

Another major difference comes down to the specific procedures needed to magnify certain aspects of your teeth and smile.

Are dental implants used in smile makeovers? If a smile makeover patient has gaps in their smile, dental implants provide an ideal restoration.

Complete mouth reconstruction

Let’s review full mouth reconstruction. Similar to the aforementioned topic, reconstructive procedures vary depending on the dentist or oral surgeon you choose. However, the primary goal is to restore missing teeth and natural tooth function.

Patients may have teeth missing due to drug use, chemotherapy, a car accident, poor oral hygiene, or a sports injury. Solutions include root canals, dental implants, or crowns, to name a few. These repair or replace broken and/or missing teeth. Though dentures are a prevalent remedy for missing teeth, they don’t count as total mouth reconstruction.

Total mouth reconstruction does provide the added bonus of a better smile, but that’s a secondary benefit.

Tooth implants have beauty and brawn. That’s why they play a starring role in both smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction.


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Implant-Supported Dentures Can Restore Chewing Ability


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Implant-Supported Dentures Can Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture patients retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? Implant-supported dentures can reverse bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability.

Improved Nutrition

Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health and well-being. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more confident, and socialize more frequently.

The condition of your teeth has a a significant impact on your quality of life. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from a healthy mouth to a toothless mouth is downhill.

Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are better than having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a host of disadvantages. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing problematic. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they necessitate relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope on the horizon! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for men and women who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor overdentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a durable base for an overdenture.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

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Your Unique Smile, Only Better!

 Extreme Smile Makeover

Hello ! If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to change that.

has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in , since . We are proud of our stellar reputation in the area.

Macroesthetics and Microesthetics

When designs a smile, the macroesthetics (larger facial characteristics and relationships between bone structure, tooth size, and shape) are considered.

We also analyze the microesthetics (more delicate features such as tooth shade and degree of translucency).

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, each smile design is as unique as you are.

Whether you have chipped teeth, yellow enamel, a broken dental bridge, or even missing teeth, there are procedures to fix your dental dilemmas. You can have a smile that you will be proud to show off.

Tooth Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry

A smile makeover at typically involves two or more procedures. These may include porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crown lengthening, dental bonding, and teeth bleaching.

Sleep Dentistry for Nervous Patients

Do you have dental anxiety? Ask us about oral conscious sedation. Nervousness should never prevent you from achieving an attractive smile

Call at today to schedule a smile design consultation.

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Implants vs. Bridges: Know The Facts

Attention  Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello visitors, welcome to . Let’s talk about a traditional tooth replacement option common in : dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for generations of men and women, they are not without drawbacks.

Many people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around and under the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is difficult to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you are in danger of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most folks with missing teeth are great candidates for implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A tooth implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to the adjacent teeth. The post replaces the tooth root and is implanted where the tooth root used to be.

In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implant procedures need to brush and floss. But cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Permanent dental implants have a far better track record than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.

Dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing strength, beauty, and natural function. 

Additionally, implants can anchor full or partial dentures.

No more embarrassing slipping!

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