Dental Implant Migration Problems

Many Americans suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease or trauma to the tooth or jaw.  One of the most popular replacements for a missing tooth in recent times is a dental implant.

An implant, which is basically an artificial tooth root, provides a strong foundation for either permanent or removable replacement teeth.  Dental implants have many advantages which include an improvement in appearance, comfort, ease of eating and oral health.

The success rate of dental implants is quite high and the majority of those patients who opt for the surgery undergo no problems.  Unfortunately, there are those patients who do suffer problems from the placement of an implant as illustrated by one Italian woman.

A 57-seven-year-old woman in Italy suffering from facial and sinus pain was surprised by her doctor’s diagnosis: a dental implant in her sinus.

Two years earlier the woman had surgery to place an implant  in her upper jaw for a missing tooth.    After seeing her medical professional for her pain, a CT scan was performed and it showed  the implant was no longer in her upper jaw, but had migrated to her sinus cavity next to her left eye.  Eight months after surgery was performed to remove the errant implant, the patient is in good health and suffers no facial or sinus pain.

Previous cases of dental implant migration to the sinus and even the brain have been reported, though they are rare. Why does this problem occur?

Research has shown that an implant may migrate when improper integration into the jaw bone has occurred.  This can occur for several reasons: the jaw bone may be too thin for proper integration; and also, because the roots of upper teeth can extend into the sinus floor, implants can push into the sinus and thus allow bacteria to enter the sinus cavity.

To avoid any serious issues with implant surgery, return to your dental professional for all follow-up appointments and inform him or her of any concerns you may have or problems you are experiencing.