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Dental Implant Complications

What problems can occur after dental implant surgery?


Although dental implant surgery has a high success rate, it is not suitable for everyone. It also has the potential to cause long-term complications and failure.

Although success rate is about 90 to 95 percent, some patients can develop biological complications due to pre-exciting medical conditions.

The potential complications from surgery includes:


Gum recession

In some cases, a person may find that the gum tissue around the implant begins to recede. This can lead to inflammation and pain. Getting a prompt assessment from a dentist is essential to prevent the removal of the implant.


Loose implant

In the first few weeks following surgery, the dental implant will grow and fuse with the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration, and it is crucial to the long-term success of the implant. This process can take many months.

If the implant fails to fuse with the bone, the dental surgeon may remove it. A person may be able to reattempt the implant procedure once the area has healed.


Nerve or tissue damage

Sometimes, a dental surgeon may inadvertently place a dental implant too close to a nerve. This can cause numbness, tingling, or pain. Short-term symptoms are most common in dental implant surgery, but a person may experience long-term symptoms.

A nerve or tissue problem requires immediate attention. Injury to the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) in the lower jaw can be potentially serious. Some possible symptoms of an IAN injury include:

•    persistent numbness on the side of the implant, including the lower lip and chin

•    persistent pain or discomfort

•    tingling, tickling, or burning sensations in the gums and skin


Damage from excessive force

As with any tooth, excessive force or impact can cause a dental implant to crack or become loose.

Some people may apply excessive force to dental implants without even realizing it. For example, some people grind, or brux their teeth while sleeping. People who are prone to this behavior may need to wear a mouthguard to prevent damage to the implant as well as their natural teeth.

Chao Pinhole® Technique

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® is the latest minimally invasive surgical technique performed by making small holes with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms like pain, discomfort, swelling and bleeding. Patients experience instant cosmetic results and are typically back to normal activities in 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.

Before and After

Lateral Ridge Augmentation for Implant Site Development

Dental Implants

A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.
B. Laser vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue.
C. Ultrasonic scaler tips are used to remove surface accretions.
D. Bone is modified at time of surgery.
E. Laser is used to form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from bone.
F. Adhesion to clean surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’.
G. Occlusal trauma is adjusted.
H. New attachment is regenerated.

The LAPIP procedure is much the same as LANAP. LAPIP stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol and is used to treat gum disease in patients who have dental implants. The procedure is very similar to LANAP; only special considerations are made when working next to the dental implant.

Sinus Lift Elevation Techniques for Implant Site Development

Why do I need a sinus lift?

A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure that is performed when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw to place dental implants. The maxillary sinuses are located above the upper back teeth and can limit the amount of bone available for dental implant placement.

There are several reasons why a patient may need a sinus lift:

Natural bone loss: The maxillary sinuses can expand as we age, leading to natural bone loss in the upper jaw.

Tooth loss: When a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported it will begin to shrink and resorb.

Previous extractions: If a patient has had multiple teeth extracted in the upper jaw, there may not be enough bone left to support dental implants.

Congenital conditions: Some patients may have congenital conditions that affect the development of the jaw bone.

The sinus lift procedure is done to add bone to the area, the bone is usually taken from the patient’s hip or from a bone bank. The sinus membrane is then lifted and the bone is placed under it. The bone will then integrate with the existing bone over a period of several months, creating a solid base for dental implants.

It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone who is getting dental implants needs a sinus lift, your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to determine if it’s necessary for you. Also, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure, so it’s important to be aware of the risks and benefits before making a decision.

Gingival Rejuvenation Therapy

What is Gum rejuvenation therapy?

Is a Therapy to reestablish your gums health back to the original position utilizing grafts techniques.

What Are Grafts?

Gum grafts are a minimally invasive surgery that can help treat gum recession; a symptom of gum disease where the gums pull back and recede from teeth, exposing the tooth roots. Gum grafts involve taking soft tissue from another part of the mouth or using a product from a tissue bank (Alloderm)  to correct the receding gums. We are also Pinhole Certified. We also offer a number of regenerative treatment options for patients experiencing bone loss such as bone grafts, biocompatible membranes, and biomimetic material implants to help protect your jawbone, prevent bone loss, and regenerate the jaw. And, because we offer both gum grafts and bone regeneration treatments, we can address even severe periodontal disease.

Before and After Photos

LANAP = Laser Assisted Regeneration (LAR)

An FDA-cleared laser treatment called the LANAP protocol offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery. LANAP=LAR is the only scientifically, research proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment. LANAP and LAR is accomplished with the PerioLase MVP-7. It is a free-running, variable pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The 7 variable pulse durations can be thought of as “different lasers” in one device as they have discrete and discriminating tissue interactions. The LANAP=LAR treatment is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.

You can’t change physics! The success of the LANAP protocol is rooted in laser physics and the unique interaction between the tissue in the mouth and the variable pulsed wavelength of the PerioLase MVP-7 1064 Nd:YAG dental laser.

The 1064 wavelength passes through water and hydroxyapatite; but is absorbed in melanin and hemoglobin. Simply put – the wavelength targets the diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue. The laser light penetrates 4mm beyond the tissue surface for effective bacteria kill. Once the site is clean; the laser interacts with the hemoglobin to create a stable fibrin clot.

A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth
B. Laser radiation vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and alerts the practitioner to the presence of tartar
C. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface accretions
D. Bone is modified at time of surgery
E. Laser is used to form a gel-clot containing stem cells from bone and PDL
F. Reattachment of reté ridges to clean root surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’
G. Occlusal trauma adjusted
H. New attachment is regenerated

How Does LANAP & LAPIP Work?


Both LANAP and LAPIP are treatments for periodontal, or gum disease. Gum disease occurs in over 80% of the United States population, and if not treated, can lead to bone, gum and tooth loss. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is performed by a specially trained periodontist like Dr. Ramos. During LANAP procedures, your periodontist will use a laser, less than three human hairs thick to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue next to your gums and teeth. Once all of the damaged bone and tissue is removed, Dr. Ramos will eliminate any calculus that remains on the tooth. Now that the area is free of bacteria and diseased tissue, Dr. Ramos will go back in again with the laser and use it to create a new healthy region of tissue. This new layer will be sealed off naturally and be a perfect space for new healthy tissue to grow and flourish, free of bacteria and disease.

The LAPIP procedure is much the same as LANAP. LAPIP stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol and is used to treat gum disease in patients who have dental implants. The procedure is very similar to LANAP; only special considerations are made when working next to the dental implant.

Saving teeth in the 21st Century. Guided tissue Regeneration

Saving your own teeth!

Severe Periodontal diseases or gum disease is when bacteria accumulate and attacks your immune system leading into bone loss in the jaw that can lead to the loss of teeth. If the bone is lost completely, the teeth may need to be removed requiring further replacement with a removable denture, bridge or Dental Implants.
Thanks to new advancements in Regenerative Medicine, there are many procedures that will keep your own teeth. At the office of James Ramos-Ortiz, DMD, we are the experts in saving natural teeth using advanced procedures including those to reverse bone loss and gum tissue loss. Nothing feels better than your natural teeth and saving them will improve your aesthetics and better oral health and Systemic health.
Dr Ramos’s periodontal background and extensive training has allowed him to build a Periodontal practice that specializes in saving teeth. Dr. Ramos uses the latest FDA approved Laser technology as an alternative to surgical therapy. Dr Ramos uses all the latest growth factors and regenerative materials that have been extensively proved by hundreds of studies. Nothing is better than your Nature given teeth and Dr Ramos can help activate nature’s capability to repair itself!

Therapies to save your own teeth.

• Gum Grafting
When the gum tissue is lost due to trauma, faulty hard brushing technique or the lack of proper bacterial removal, the tissue will recede, and the roots will be exposed and naked. Stability of tooth is lost, and tooth will be prone to decay and severe sensitivity. With gum graft, your own tissue or donor tissue can rebuild the lost tissue and improve the aesthetics when you smile while keeping your own teeth.

• Bone Grafting
Bone grafts are used to repair the lost bone around your severely periodontally affected teeth, helping to regenerate the lost bone. Tooth loss can lead to more tooth loss because bone tissue will be resorbed by your body due to lack of function. The Lack of function will weaken your body and further tooth loss happens. With bone grafts, the lost bone can be replaced to increase the odds for Future Dental Implants as well.

• LANAP or Laser Assisted Regeneration (LAR)
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure is the only FDA approved Protocol to treat Periodontal diseases due to extensive research showing true regeneration of bone and tissue around natural teeth. LAR stimulates your body’s stem cells!

Before and After GTR