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What are the risks of dental implants?

What are the risks of dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the best options for permanently replacing missing teeth.

These problems can shatter our confidence and cause significant pain, speech and eating challenges – so it’s crucial to seek help as soon as possible.

Dentists treat the underlying problem, then place implant which acts as a root and looks just like a real tooth.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (usually made from biocompatible titanium) that’s inserted into the bone to provide a robust and long-lasting foundation for the artificial replacement tooth.

This restores both function and self-esteem!

However, like any medical procedure, dental implants have risks and challenges – although these aren’t common.

This article explains potential problems associated with dental implants, to help you decide if you want to go down that path.

Surgical complications:

Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure, which comes with a small amount of risk. While complications are relatively rare, they can include infection, nerve damage, injury to surrounding structures, and sinus problems.

These risks can be significantly minimised by choosing a highly skilled implant dentist, adhering to proper oral hygiene, and following post-operative care instructions.

Implant Failure

Although dental implants boast a high success rate (90 to 95 per cent), there’s a small chance of implant failure.

Factors contributing to this risk include:

  • Poor bone quality
  • Infection in the jaw bone, gums or oral tissue (peri-implantitis)
  • Excessive smoking
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Certain medications that affect bone healing

Implant failure can cause discomfort, and the implant may need replacing.

Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene practices can help lower the risk of implant failure.


Peri-implantitis is a manageable bacterial infection that impacts jaw bones, gums and oral tissues.

It’s usually characterised by inflammation and swelling. Other symptoms include bad breath, fever, bleeding gums and challenges with chewing.

Left untreated, this condition can lead to eventual bone loss around the implant (which may cause the implant to loosen).

What increases the risk of peri-implantitis?

Factors such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, and a history of periodontal disease.

Regular professional cleanings, diligent oral care, and early intervention are crucial in preventing and managing this condition.

Allergic Reactions

Although rare, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction to metals used in dental implants, such as titanium (even though this is medical grade).

An allergic reaction can cause localised inflammation, discomfort and even implant failure.

Dentists carefully assess patients’ medical histories and perform allergy testing when necessary to minimise the risk of adverse reactions. In such cases, there are metal-free options available.

Cost and Time Commitment

Dental implants are a long-term investment, with significant financial costs. Treatment involves multiple stages, including implant placement, healing time, and the fabrication and placement of the final restoration. This process can span several months, requiring commitment and patience from the patient.

At BSDP We do digital key hole surgery for implant placement to enhance healing and minimise discomfort and treatment time .

Psychological Impact

For some individuals, there’s nothing more daunting than visiting their dentist. This anxiety is usually heightened when getting dental implants .
At BSDP We offer IV sedation(commonly known as twilight sedation ) and happy gas to relax and make your whole visit just breeze .

Bowral Street Dental practice’s friendly team is experienced at permanently replacing teeth using dental implants. We offer flexible payment plans and dental sedation to patients who want this. Call us on (02) 4861 6576 to book an appointment.