What are the risks of dental implant bone grafts?
There are always risks with any type of surgery; your implant dentist will talk these through with you and answer any questions. When carried out by an experienced implant clinician, these risks are rare.
- After surgery to the lower jaw, temporary or permanent numbness/ altered sensation of the lip, teeth and/or tongue can occur in rare cases. This is a sign of nerve injury and requires urgent treatment. Symptoms include feeling like the anaesthetic hasn’t worn off, and/or episodes of intense pain in the lip and lower jaw. If you experience either symptom, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- Depending on how much bone and soft tissue is lost from the implant site, it’s not always possible for your implant and false tooth (crown) to have an ideal appearance. Complete reconstruction of the gums can’t be guaranteed, and the false tooth may appear longer at gum level than the natural teeth to it. Soft tissues, such as the gum, aren’t completely controllable and recession could occur unexpectedly. In some cases, your dentist may be able to add pink material to the final bridge or crown, simulating missing gum tissue.
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