Could the implant be the cause of the sinus issues?

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Shelly Reynolds
(Milford, PA Pike)

I had a dental implant upper done around 2004 or 2005. The crown/cap was done by a another dentist the same year (insurance reasons). It felt loose last wendsday and fell out yesterday 4/1/13. No pain, no bleeding gums or other issues. The X-ray showed the bone deteriorated and I need grafting before any options can be considered. The implant is a rod not a screw.

The current dentist was unfamiluar with this type of rod. The dentist that istalled the rod was uncooperative with dentist that placed the crown. It is near my sinus’.

My concern is – I have no idea what the material the rod/implant is made of. Could that have caused the bone to rot? My jaw bone in all other areas is healthy. My gums are healthy. I had sinus issues after the implant. Could the implant be the cause of the sinus issues as well as destroyin

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  1. sandydig says:

    Could the implant be the cause of the sinus issues.
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    The roots of the maxillary molars do come very close to the lining of the sinus cavities but unless the dental implant actually punctured the lining of the sinus during placement then I do not feel that the implant would cause sinus issues. Sinus infections from dental implants are rare. If the tooth was missing for some time before the dental implant was place the bone could have deteriorated some and unless bone grafting and/or a sinus lift was done to it is possible that the implant post was extremely close to the lining.

    The smooth implant that you had placed was most likely made of titanium. Smooth implants have a very high success but do have a higher failure rate if they are greater than 10mm in length. During routine dental visits x-rays would have shown if there was bone loss around the dental implant. If the teeth were not occluding properly and the implant crown had the burden of extra pressure then that could have accelerated bone loss.

    Other possible causes of peri-implantitis include bacterial infections, improper implant placement, poorly fitting abutment or crown, and periodontal disease.

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