Dental implant complications should be immediately assessed and treated by a team of dentists with expertise. Any delay in treatment can result in further structural damage to the bone and gum tissue and increased pain and swelling.
Dental implant complications, while rare, are frustrating and disappointing not only for you as a patient, but also for the dentists involved in the treatment. However, problems should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further complications, pain, infections, or negative effects on one’s health. In this section, we’ll discuss your next steps in managing the implant complication and the journey to recovery and restoration of normal health.
If you were initially treated by a team of dentists, including an oral surgeon or periodontist and a restorative dentist, seek treatment options from the same team. The treating team of dentists should collaborate, assess diagnostic X-rays or CBCT, and discuss biological, aesthetic, and functional implications of the troubled dental implant.
If you were treated by a general dentist for both surgery and restorative work, immediately seek a consultation with a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist experienced in managing complications and tissue regeneration techniques.
The specialist should contact the general dentist and obtain the following information:
•Date of implant placement
•Treatment scenario—Immediate or delayed implant? Site grafting? Immediate or delayed restorations?
•Type of implant placed
•History of treatment, both prior to and after implant placement
•Any other treatment performed
•Pre-operative and post-operative X-rays
As necessary, new diagnostic information should be obtained by the team of dentists. This includes: