There is a good chance that once your dental implants are in place, you will not experience any issues moving forward. However, just because they have a 95% success rate does not mean that a problem cannot or will not occur. Should you fall victim to a failed dental implant, do not be alarmed. Our team at Grand Dental – Lockport can implement dental implant salvage to restore your smile’s future. Call us today if you suspect you may be dealing with a loose or failing implant.
When considering the various ways that a dental implant can fail, the most common reasons include peri-implantitis (similar to gum disease), facial trauma, failed osseointegration, improper placement, and a weak immune system.
While it is possible that your implant may not have initially been put in the correct position or place during surgery, it is more likely that peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration is to blame.
Most dental implants fail because of poor oral hygiene, which leads to peri-implantitis. An infection forms in the gum tissues, causing an attack that results in inflammation, bleeding, and loose teeth. As teeth and gums break down, the implant (and nearby healthy teeth) can become loose and even fall out if left untreated.
Knowing whether you’re dealing with a failed dental implant or not may not be obvious at first; however, should you notice any of the following symptoms, you should call our office right away:
Treating a failed dental implant first requires that our team examine your mouth. If peri-implantitis is to blame, we will need to administer appropriate periodontal treatment to eliminate the bacteria. A bone graft might also be necessary to create a more supportive structure for your dental implant to thrive. If this is the case, we will need to remove the implant before applying new grafting material.
Should facial trauma or failed osseointegration be the reason for your failed dental implant, we will take the dental implant out of the socket and allow the tissues and bone to heal. Based on the reason for failed osseointegration, we may need to look at alternative tooth replacement options, especially if you smoke and cannot break the habit.
If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder or another health condition, and it has caused your implant to fail, it will be necessary for you to meet with your dentist to discuss how you can manage your health and still receive dental implants that will last.