Dental Implants

Overview

Definition

Dental implant surgery replaces the root of a missing tooth with a metal post that is placed in the jawbone. An artificial tooth can be placed on an implant after the area has healed. Or, a set of dentures can be attached using more than one implant.

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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Injury or damage to nearby teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems if the implants were placed in the upper jaw
  • Implant rejection by the body

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use disorder

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry https://www.aacd.com 

Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association https://www.mouthhealthy.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry http://www.caed.ca 

Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca 

References

Dental implant surgery. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website. Available at: https://myoms.org/procedures/dental-implant-surgery. Accessed August 18, 2020.

Dental implants. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: https://www.perio.org/consumer/dental-implants. Accessed August 18, 2020.

Oral healthcare in persons with diabetes. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:  https://www.dynamed.com/management/oral-healthcare-in-persons-with-diabetes . Accessed August 18, 2020.

Types of implants and techniques. American Academy of Implant Dentistry website. Available at: https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implant-options. Accessed August 18, 2020.