11/14/2019

Dental implants can cause nerve damage, warns study


Dentists are not being vigilant when carrying out implant surgery and are failing to inform patients about the risks of nerve damage, a study in the British Dental Journal says.

Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute analysed 30 patients with nerve injuries and found problems with pain, speech, eating and kissing.

Around 1% of implant procedures carried out each year result in nerve injuries. Dentists should improve care before and after implant surgery, the study says.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, which is screw or cylinder-shaped, that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.

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Dental implants are generally used if someone has lost a tooth or teeth due to disease or injury. The type of nerve injury which can be caused by implant surgery has increased in recent years alongside a rise in implant surgery.

Approximately 10,000 lower jaw implant procedures are performed each year in the UK. In 2007, 30% of all nerve injuries cause by dental work were associated with implants. This contrasts with 10% in 1997.

The King's College London research team found that these injuries could have a significant impact on people's quality of life. More than half of the 30 patients participating in the research suffered constant pain or discomfort after surgery, with 40% complaining of numbness.

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