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Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

There are several reasons why a dental implant might fail. The most common are:

  • Peri-implantitis
  • A weakened immune system
  • Improper placement
  • Facial trauma
  • Failed osseointegration

While it is important that you make sure you’re choosing an implant dentist who is skilled and qualified to perform this type of procedure, other problems can form after your new teeth are in place. This is why it is essential that you take proper care of your new teeth to ensure they do not suffer complications or issues along the way.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Failed dental implant in Flint

Maybe you are unaware of what you should look for that might signal a failed dental implant. To help you remain alert to a potential problem, here are a few symptoms to keep an eye on:

  • The dental implant feels loose
  • Pus forms on the gums near the implant
  • You have difficulty eating or biting down
  • There is swelling or bleeding near the implant
  • You experience discomfort that doesn’t dissipate after surgery

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Woman with tooth pain in Flint

Should your dentist decide that you do need dental implant salvage, it can be handled in various ways. If the problem stems from peri-implantitis, which is similar to gum disease, it will be imperative that we restore your gum health with periodontal solutions before performing a bone graft. This is especially necessary if you have lost bone density as a result of the bacterial attack. We may not need to remove your dental implant to do this; however, this is not certain until we can clearly see the severity of the damage.

If the issue is failed osseointegration or facial trauma, there is a good chance we will need to remove the implant from the socket, allow the area to fully heal, then discuss once again the prospect of receiving a dental implant.

Autoimmune disorders and chronic health conditions that lead to failed dental implants often require that you meet with your local physician to discuss how you should take better care of your overall health so that it doesn’t negatively impact your new smile.