Dental implants:

By | May 10, 2021

“In rare cases, there may be a risk of damage to a nerve or an artery which can cause bleeding,” warns Dr Ardouin.

You must therefore be informed of the risks involved, as well as of other treatment options (removable prosthesis, for example). The specialists advise the greatest caution vis-à-vis these heavy surgical interventions, sometimes too quickly decided. 

An improperly positioned implant can cause throbbing pain or loss of sensitivity in the face . These rare cases concern 1% of patient sarteries and veins pass, says Dr Ardouin. This should not happen with a specialist who is well equipped in imaging, in order to visualize perfectly the images. obstacles and simulate implant placement. “

Dental implant rejection remains rare

The failure rate is low : from 3% to 4%, estimates Jean-Luc Ardouin. Most of the time, the site becomes infected, or the implant does not hold. We realize it without difficulty: it hurts and we feel it moving . The most common reasons are a poorly treated tooth with residual bacteria at the time of the operation, or a bone overheated by the dentist’s burr when he dug the space. It can then no longer adhere to the implant and must be reconstituted for a month and a half. Poorly maintained teeth are also a cause of failure. The implant is sometimes removed after a few days, or several years. “When it does not hold or breaks for no apparent reason, or following an error on our part, an implant is placed at our expense”, concludes Dr Ardouin.

Why are dental implants so expensive?

The implant material is expensive. And the castillage (small screws…) is also invoiced. In addition, some ceramic crowns are on a gold alloy: the use of precious metals therefore increases the price.

The placement of the implant also requires a small surgical intervention , aiming to dig a cavity in the bone of the jaw. This requires the presence of a larger technical platform than for other dental procedures, with a lot of disposable material or to be renewed regularly (such as drills for digging the bone). 

The dentist performing the installation must have received special training , which influences the part of the price remunerating the labor.

Finally, the risks of infection and haemorrhage are greater than for other dental procedures: they are taken into account in the price.

The prices therefore vary according to the materials used and the operating techniques , but also according to the regions and the practitioners .