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What Complications Can Occur with Dental Implant Placements?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
3d rendering of a dental implant next to a toothComplications can still arise even when a devoted and compassionate dental practice carefully inserts dental implants using the newest methods and equipment. The patient may encounter the following issues if complications arise during dental implant placements:

Sinus Damage

When dental implants are inserted, particularly in the upper jaw, sinus damage is a potential side effect. Since the sinus cavities are located near the upper jawbone, they can be punctured or pressed upon by poorly positioned implants; also, placing dental implants can result in sinus injury in the upper jaw. Chronic sinus infections and other symptoms like pressure and pain can result from damage to the sinuses. Even though sinus injury may not create symptoms immediately, it can lead to severe discomfort and consequences over time.


These infections, sometimes called peri-implantitis, are mainly caused by germs before, during, or after dental implant surgery. They develop in the area surrounding the implant placement site. Infections in dental implant patients can be exacerbated by poor oral hygiene, smoking, and pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes.

Swelling, redness, pain at the dental implant site, and occasionally pus discharge are signs and symptoms of a dental implant infection. Infections may cause bone loss surrounding the dental implant if not treated quickly, endangering its stability and perhaps necessitating its removal.

Nerve Injury

When dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, nerve injury is a severe risk, especially if the implant is too near a jaw nerve. Due to the dental implant post being placed close to the nerve, the chin, lips, gums, or entire face may experience tingling, discomfort, or numbness. For certain patients, these nerve damage symptoms may be temporary; nevertheless, they may develop into a chronic problem for others. To prevent such unfavorable consequences, dental implant placement must be planned precisely.

Visit Us Right Away For Expert Dental Implants

We employ the newest methods and tools in our clinic to ensure the effective installation of your dental implants. Why wait to work with us to improve the appearance, functionality, and overall health of your smile? Please make an appointment by contacting the excellent staff at our practice!

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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