Individuals with new dental implants may be capable of identifying problems early enough to avoid complications that can damage the jawbone and the gums, a recent British study suggests.
The Root of the Problem
SheenDentalImplants.co.uk, which offers dental implants in Richmond, explains that the procedure is a good long term solution for teeth replacement, as well as for stabilising dentures. The treatment involves surgery. While generally safe, these procedures, as with any surgery, are not risk-free.
Depending on your current oral health, you can develop damage to nerves, blood vessels, sinuses, or to neighbouring teeth — albeit these are rare cases. Another extremely rare complication is peri-implantitis, a bacterial infection that often manifests as an inflammation around the post and bone loss.
Knowing What’s Wrong
In any of these rare cases, patients can often detect if something is wrong, according to the study. Patient respondents who received implants in the previous 11 months before the study were asked to complete a questionnaire and undergo a dental check-up. This was to determine if their responses are in line with the dental professional’s assessment.
The research focused on five variables of post-implant health: aesthetics, bleeding or pus, fractured implants, loose restorations, and occlusions. On all five areas, the patients and dentists had fairly similar assessments.
The study suggests that patients may be able to assess their own dental health fairly accurately provided if they were educated properly before the implant surgery.
While the research is too small to draw definitive conclusions in a broader patient population, it does reinforce the need for patients to educate themselves before the procedure, and to follow the dentist’s recommendations for proper post-op care.
Not following the advice of your dentists means you could be at a higher risk for developing undetected complications around the implants, which is never good news. These dental appliances are similar to a foreign body, like a prosthesis, which requires constant monitoring and care.