The advent of dental implants has been a boon in the field of restorative dentistry. With dental implants, the treatment modalities to replace missing teeth have widened considerably. While the advantages of implants are undeniable, they are not without complications. There are insufficient reports on the problems of dental implants, which paints a skewed view that dental implants are somewhat “immortal” and the ultimate gold standard for restoring missing teeth. With the often quoted 95% survival rate of dental implants, such treatment modalities have been regarded as the ideal option to replace missing teeth. While we duly acknowledge the immense contributions of dental implants, the difficulties of maintaining these implants for life should also be acknowledged.

Dental implant complications can be classified according to the timing of the complication (perioperative versus postintegration) or according to their supposed cause (biological versus technical). Biological complications refer to disturbances in the...

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