Common Dental Implant Problems Explained

Whilst dental implants in Richmond or indeed anywhere else in the UK are considered the ultimate in natural looking tooth replacement, they aren’t always guaranteed to be 100% successful. In fact the success rate in most dental clinics is more like 90-95%. Whilst we hear a lot about how dental implants have revolutionised the dental industry and rightly so, it’s also good to point out the common problems or risks associated with them With this in mind, let’s take a closer look.


When dental implants are in their early stages they can be prone to infection. This is why it’s imperative to make sure that good oral hygiene practices are maintained. When the patient doesn’t look after their implants properly an infection can build up in and around the implant site. This is known as peri-implantitis. It isn’t always immediately noticeable and more often than a patient will only realise there’s a problem when the implant eventually becomes loose. However when it gets to this stage it’s often too late to save the implant and instead it has to come out, the infection cleared up and then a new implant placed. This is why, it’s important to maintain regular visits with the implant clinic,especially in the early stages to make sure that all is well and that good oral hygiene is being maintained.

Bone integration failure

dental implants in RichmondWhen it comes to placing a dental implant in Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we take every possible precaution to make sure that the implant is positioned correctly into sufficient bone. However the one thing that we have no control over is the bone integration process itself. This is imperative for the success of a dental implant and is where the titanium root bonds and fuses with the surrounding natural bone tissue. This is ultimately what creates the super-strong platform to support the implant. However in some people the integration process occurs relatively quickly (4-6 weeks) and in others it can take 10-12 weeks. In some cases it doesn’t happen at all. Bone integration failure can be caused by a small number of medical issues which is why potential patients need to have good overall health

Nerve damage

In this day and age computerised precision imaging equipment and 3D scanners help the dentist to perfectly place the implant into the mouth without any problems. However on very rare occasions an implant is accidentally placed directly over a nerve. This can cause numbness in the cheek, tongue or jaw and can be either temporary or permanent.

Although undergoing treatment for dental implants in Richmond are sure to enhance your life, it’s important to point out the risks or problems that can also occur. This way any potential patients have a better all-round picture of the process as a whole. For further information contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 and book yourself a free, no-obligation consultation. Alternatively why not visit our website at where you can find a wealth of information about the procedure.