Dental implant surgery is a fairly common procedure, but not one without risks. As mentioned in our article about what you should expect from dental implant surgery, the success rate is roughly 98-percent. Things almost always go as expected, and patients end up with a solid new tooth (or teeth) implant that will serve them well. However, there are both short and long-term risks associated with this type of dental work. This article will break down the potential downfalls of dental implant surgery so you can make an informed decision.
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Short Term Risks
1. Pain or Discomfort
Even when dental implant surgery goes great (which is usually does), there’s the unfortunate aftermath to deal with. Let’s face facts: this is a serious surgery in a sensitive part of your body, involving the drilling into bone. You’re going to have some swelling and discomfort afterwards, no matter how perfect the procedure goes. The good news is that this is to be expected, and can typically be treated with over the counter painkillers. If you have a really low pain tolerance, your dentist may recommend something a bit stronger.