Dental implant surgery is a common dental procedure. Dental implants are actually preferred as a replacement for teeth because they are stable and more like actual teeth as compared to dentures that move when chewing and biting. However, there can be some very serious complications that can result from this procedure. These complications can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for the sufferer. Infection Infections after dental implants are a certain risk for many patients. As we all know, the human mouth is full of germs and an open wound in this environment runs an increased risk for infection. To combat this superior dental health care needs to be done by the patient after the procedure to keep bacteria as minimal as possible. Also, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic mouth rinse or an antibiotic oral medication to take. Sinus Problems Placement of the dental implants is very important. If a dental implant is placed incorrectly and extends into the sinus cavity it can cause sinus problems. However, this can be quickly corrected by the dentist by performing another operation to adjust and correct the implant. Overload Plate Form Implants are plates that support several teeth on one titanium screw. The plates snap in place and are secure once the healing process has been completed. This type of implant can cause an overload on the screw that is supporting it. According to Atlanta Dental Implants, this problem usually occurs when the bone has not had enough time to heal before the plate is placed on it. Rejection Our bodies do not like foreign objects such as dental implants. Sometimes, our bodies reject the implants much like transplanted kidneys and hearts can be rejected. This rejection process usually begins with the area around the dental implant becoming inflamed and painful. The dental implant will then become loose and will need to be removed. Bone Loss Bone loss is another serious complication of dental implants. Bone loss is usually caused by an infection of the wound site. This can occur if the mouth and gums are not cleaned regularly. According to Atlanta Dental Implants, bacteria will grow and the infection will extend to the bone. In other cases, bone loss can come from too much pressure placed on the bone by the implant or the dental plate. When this occurs it can cause bone loss that is saucer shaped around the dental implant site. In addition, Colgate.com reports that bone loss can lead to nerve damage which can cause additional suffering. Atlanta Dental Implants; Complications of Dental Implants; 2009; http://www.atlantadentalimplants.com/dental_implant_complications.html Colgate.com; Dental Implants; 2009; http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/OC/Information/OralHealthAtAnyAge/Seniors/DenturesAndDentalImplants/PlacingDentalImplants.cvsp Bryan Gully DDS Oral Surgeon 6421 Saratoga Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414 Phone: (361) 992-3873.