Although the high predictability and long-term success rate of dental implants is well documented in the literature, complications and failures do occur.
Some complications may be relatively minor and easy to correct, while others will be major and result in the loss of the implant or prosthesis.
Implant complications can typically be categorized by temporal sequence and defined as either an early or late complication.
An early complication can be defined as a problem that arises prior to osseointegration of the dental implant, whereas a late complication occurs after the implant osseointegrates and the final prosthesis is placed.
► See also: Potential Problems Associated with DENTAL IMPLANTS
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