Posted on Dec 10, 2019
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that fuse with the jawbone and serve as an anchor for prosthetic teeth. Having dental implants placed requires a dental surgical procedure during which the implants are inserted into the jawbone.
Any surgical procedure comes certain side effects. Dental implant surgery is very safe and very few patients suffer from complications. However, it’s important to be aware of the side effects so you know what to expect and when a problem may be arising.
The most common side effect is pain, which can last from a few days up to a week after the procedure. You should be able to manage the pain with over the counter pain medication, but make sure to steer clear of aspirin. It contains blood thinners that can increase the risk of bleeding.
Another common side effect is bruising and swelling. These are natural reactions to any type of surgery, especially the swelling. Swelling and bruising will occur around the incision site and should subside on its own. You can use ice to help bring the swelling down in the meantime.
Severe complications are rare but can still occur. For example, an infection may develop at the incision site and if it is not detected and treated immediately, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. This can cause severe damage and even death. Infections are easily treated with antibiotics, so make sure you show up for your follow-up appointments. Nerve damage and sinus problems are two other rare complications of dental implant surgery.
Implant surgery is a great method and option for treating missing teeth. However, here at Syrpes & Pangborn, we do all we can to save your teeth with endodontic treatments. Contact Syrpes & Pangborn DDS today at our Centennial, Colorado if you are in need of root canal therapy.