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Dental implants are designed to last a long time — upwards of 25 years — and are a long-term, permanent teeth replacement solution. Still, you should be aware of possible complications and side effects and how to handle them.

Temporary Side Effects

A few side effects are immediate but will clear up and go away as you heal. These things are expected, and your dentist won’t be surprised if you experience them.

  • Swelling in your gums and face that may last up to 48 hours
  • Bruised skin and gums which may last several days
  • Pain and discomfort typically lasting no more than two weeks
  • Minor bleeding which can last up to 24 hours

Our Forest & Ray dental professional dentist will likely prescribe pain medication for your discomfort. If any of these immediate side effects become worse or don’t go away as quickly as they should, it could be a sign of infection or another problem (see below). You’ll need to contact our office as soon as possible.


95%–98% has been reported as the success rate of implants over the 10 years. Although it has become the treatment of choice for most of the dentists, still, the complications arising from dental implant placement are the biggest challenge. While dental implants are a nearly fool-proof way of replacing missing teeth as demonstrated by that excellent success rate, sometimes complications may arise from inserting a dental implant.

Signs of a complication include:

  • difficulty chewing,
  • gum inflammation,
  • gum recession,
  • increased swelling,
  • loosening of an implant or a replaced tooth,
  • severe pain or discomfort.

Not all complications are immediate. Late failure may happen long after the dental implants have been established and are functioning. This failure occurs between 1-10 years after your new teeth are placed. Sometimes, if there are too few implants supporting the teeth, excessive stress is put on the implants. Also, excessive clenching and grinding teeth can hasten an implants failure or lead to complications.

Final Words

Every dental procedure has a side effect or two, but most are mild and go away almost immediately. And the stunning success rate of successful implant insertion is evidence that, long-term- this is a great way to solve the dilemma of missing teeth. But dental implants are a fairly invasive procedure so it’s no surprise that swelling, pain, and bruising will be part of your recovery. The Forest & Ray professionals have combined decades of experience with successfully inserting implants. And while there is always the miniscule possibility of complications, choosing a good dental clinic – like ours – will go a long way to mitigating potential problems. We are with you throughout the procedure and can help you address and side effects. So, contact us today to learn more.

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