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Dental Implant Problems

Common dental implant problems - the result of inexperienced operators and inadequate treatment planning

Nerve and Sinus Damage

If there is inadequate planning for implants placed in the lower jaw especially posteriorly then nerve damage can occur.

A Cone Beam CT scan will provide accurate measurement of how far away nerves and sinus are and what space is available for the dental implant.

We have our own scanner here at the Bramcote practice.

If nerve damage has occured, it can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips and or chin. These symptoms can be permanent.

Sinus problems, when dental implants have been placed in the upper jaw without correct assessment, planning and measurement can protrude into one of your sinus cavities.


If the implant is not placed correctly or the restoration is not carried out correctly bone loss can occur resulting in a compromised result. Also if the patient's oral hygiene is lacking and the implant is not cleaned properly this too can cause bone loss.


If the patients bite has not been reviewed correctly excessive force is provided to a single implant or multiple implants the crown/ bridge can fracture, break, chip and even snap.


If there is insufficient bone in the site of the implant, a bone graft should be offered to the patient although some dentists will still place an implant into the site.

The lack of the bone could jeopardise the long term result.


If the patient is of good general and oral health and the implant is correctly carried out then it is more likely for the procedure to succeed.

The single most important factor is having a well skilled and trained specialist to carry out your surgery.


All of these problems can cause grief, anguish and also, in some circumstances, pain. We can also advise if you should pursue a negligence claim, against your previous dentist.