Dental implants are an amazing option to help restore your smile and allow you to resume normal day-to-day activities. However, you should be fully aware of the procedure before deciding that dental implants are the best course of action for you. Your dentist should be able to provide answers to detailed questions and concerns you may have, such as, “Can your body reject a tooth implant?”
Although it is rare, the answer to “Can your body reject a tooth implant?” is yes. The human immune system is designed to fight against foreign objects. Typically, rejection of foreign objects is seen with natural substances, not artificial ones. For example, when an organ transplant is performed, a significant number of tests are performed to find a patient that is a match, because there is a high chance that the organ – something natural being placed into the body – will be rejected. Dental implants are made of titanium, and are typically never rejected by the body. However, there is a slight chance that your immune system will reject the titanium implant. If this were to occur, your immune system would work in overdrive to “remove” the implant from the body. The implant would not be anchored properly, thus becoming loose.
It is also possible that you may have an allergic reaction to the titanium implant once it is installed Again, this is extremely rare and does not happen often. If you are allergic to titanium, you may experience inflammation at the implant site, and suffer from itchiness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you are concerned about suffering from an allergic reaction, you should have the MELISA test performed to determine if you are allergic to titanium.
A titanium allergy is the perfect example of the types of communication you need to have with your dentist before the procedure. If you are allergic to titanium, tell your dentist beforehand so that a costly complication can be avoided.
Another potential complication is peri-implantitis, which occurs when there is an infection at the surgical site. It is important to practice good hygiene before, during, and after your procedure, as peri-implantitis can occur if there is bacteria present during the surgery or anytime thereafter.
When this infection occurs, the gums and the bone surrounding the implant become inflamed. If left untreated, your implant is susceptible to failure. Treating peri-implantitis often involves removing the implant and cleaning the wound. It is possible that the disease may not occur for several years after your implants have been installed, so it is important to practice good oral hygiene once your procedure is complete. Smokers, patients who suffer from diabetes, and patients with thin gums are all run a greater risk of developing peri-implantitis.