What Are The Tooth Implant Side Effects?

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Ever thought of "Tooth Implant Side Effects?" Losing teeth is a common issue in oral health, but restorative dentistry has come a long way. Missing teeth don't have to affect your smile or oral function negatively anymore. There are various options available, and dental implants are among the most stable and durable solutions. They make a strong foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures, giving you a natural-looking and functional smile. However, it's essential to remember that getting dental implants requires significant oral surgery. 

Let us discuss the potential side effects of tooth implants so that you know what to expect prior to proceeding with treatment.

Tooth Implant Side Effects 

These days, it's pretty common to either have a dental implant or to talk about dental implants in conversations. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million Americans already have dental implants. Dental implants act as replacements for lost, extracted, or undeveloped teeth. A titanium screw is surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace the tooth root, and then a crown is attached to it.

The success rate of dental implants is quite high; 95% of these successful implants last for the long term. However, in rare cases, complications can arise that may cause an implant to fail. 

Keep an eye out for these 7 common Tooth Implant Side effects 

Common Tooth Implant Side Effects are:

Loose Implant: 

One of the most frequent complications with dental implants is when they become loose. Several reasons can cause this issue. Sometimes, the jawbone may not be strong enough to support the implant, often due to bone loss over time. Other factors like smoking, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can also contribute to implant loosening. If you notice your implant is loose, it's crucial to contact an oral surgeon right away.


Another common complication with dental implants is infection. The implant site may become inflamed and infected, leading to discomfort and potentially a fever. Infections typically occur shortly after the implant surgery. Following your oral surgeon's post-operative cleaning instructions is crucial. If you notice any infection, such as redness or swelling, it's important to contact your oral surgeon immediately.


Sometimes, an implant can cause ongoing bleeding. If this bleeding persists, it might lead to various problems like stomach issues or anemia. Thankfully, your oral surgeon can usually stop the bleeding while ensuring the implant stays in place.


Implants might shift slightly, a condition known as micro-movement. It's not as serious as a loose implant, and you might not even notice it at first. Signs include feeling tightness around the implant area or seeing the implant shift when you check in the mirror. These early signs could indicate a risk of the implant becoming loose. If you notice these signs, contact your oral surgeon for advice and assessment.

Allergic Reaction: 

While most implants are made of titanium alloy, a few patients may have an unknown allergy to titanium or other metals. Signs of an allergic reaction can include changes in taste, tingling sensations, inflammation, or swelling in the area around the implant. If you suspect an allergy to titanium alloy, alternative materials can be used for your implant. Replacing the implant with a suitable material can resolve this issue. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction to your implant, it's important to contact your oral surgeon for evaluation and appropriate management.

Nerve Damage: 

Sometimes, an implant may end up too close to a nerve, leading to nerve damage. Symptoms of nerve damage may include numbness or tingling sensations in the tongue, gums, lips, or face. While removing the implant might resolve the issue, there is a chance that the nerve damage could be permanent. It's important for your oral surgeon to discuss all potential risks, including nerve damage, before the procedure.

Protrusion into the Sinus Cavity: 

In rare instances, an implant in the upper jaw might extend into the sinus cavity. This situation can cause sinus pain and complications and raise the risk of implant failure.

Signs of a Dental Implant Complication

No matter if your dental implant complication is early or late, you might experience one or more of these warning signs:

  • Trouble chewing
  • Inflamed gums
  • Receding gums
  • More swelling than usual
  • Implant or replaced tooth feeling loose
  • Severe pain or discomfort

While tooth implants are generally safe and effective, it's important to be aware of potential tooth implant side effects. Understanding these side effects and promptly addressing any concerns with your dentist can ensure a successful implant experience and long-lasting oral health.

Concerned about tooth implant side effects? 

Don't wait, schedule an appointment at Springhill Dental Health Center in Mobile, AL, today! New patients can book online or call us at (251) 265-7808, and current patients can reach us at (251) 343-1521 for any assistance.


What are common tooth implant side effects? 

Common side effects include gum inflammation, temporary discomfort, and minor bleeding.

How do I manage tooth implant discomfort?

Follow your dentist's post-op instructions, take prescribed medications, and maintain good oral hygiene.

When should I contact my dentist about the side effects of a tooth implant? 

Contact your dentist if you experience severe pain, persistent swelling, or loosening of the implant or replaced tooth.

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