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November 27, 2021
Dental Health

Dental Implant Nerve Damage and Other Complications

dental implant nerve damage

More and more people these days undergo dental implant procedure. There are those who opt for it for functional reasons, while others opt for aesthetics. However, dental implant nerve damage and other complications are also possible if not done correctly or the patient does not follow the discharge instructions.

For those who don’t know, a dental implant is where a metal post is attached to the jaw bone surgically to provide support to an artificial tooth. Once secured, the dentist or oral surgeon places the tooth serving as replacement.

Although this procedure has high percentage of success, there are cases where complications arise such as dental implant nerve damage. This may happen shortly after the procedure can also occur months or years later.

Dental implant complications can be triggered by different causes such as:

dental implant nerve damage

  • Smoking
  • Gum problems
  • Insufficient jaw bone
  • Other medical conditions
  • Surgeon’s negligence
  • Poor dental hygiene

If the patient has one or more of these causes, then there’s a possibility of experiencing nerve damage or other forms of complications. A good indicator of this would be discomfort or pain after the surgery. Although an analgesic can help relieve the pain, it would recur once the effect of the medication wears out. Therefore, keep a close watch of these possibilities.


Infection can take place either during the surgery or after. Some possible causes of infection include smoking, an autoimmune disease and poor oral hygiene.

Micro Movement of the Implant

If there’s insufficient stability of the implant, there’s a chance for micro movement to happen. It’s not recommended to immediately perform tooth replacement after the implant. The oral surgeon has to wait for some time until the jaw bone has been properly integrated to the implant.

Lack of Bone Support

There are cases when the dentist still pushes through with the procedure even though there isn’t enough bone support to the implant. This will lead to failure for the implant to fuse with the jaw.

Allergic Reaction

There are patients who are allergic to titanium alloy. If an implant is implemented, an allergic reaction is possible, manifested by a tingling sensation, loss of taste and swelling. If you’re allergic to this alloy, it’s highly important to mention this to the oral surgeon so that a different material will be used.

Negligence in Following Oral Surgeon’s Instructions

Success of the procedure does not only rely on the surgery itself. The patient has to observe and follow strict rules given by the oral surgeon. Otherwise, the risk of acquiring infection or other complications will be higher. Such instructions post-surgery include avoidance of hard candy, engaging on soft diet and practicing good oral hygiene.

Late Dental Implant Complications

Take note that even months or years after the procedure, there’s still a possibility for complications to happen.  Such complications include injury to the surrounding area of the implant, implant protruding to the sinus cavity, body rejecting the foreign object and of course, nerve damage.

To minimize complications, always practice good hygiene and regular visit to the dentist.

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