and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
Dental implants are a consistently successful treatment. In fact, over 95% of cases produce excellent results. In rare cases, though, dental implant failure occurs. While you should not live in fear that this will happen to you, you should be aware of why this sometimes happen, how to recognize the symptoms, and the available treatments. If you are ever concerned about the health of your dental implants, call us immediately. We are ready to help you deal with the issue and reclaim your oral health.
The most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection called peri-implantitis. When bacteria invade the tissue around an implant, they can seriously damage it. Eventually, the jawbone and gums may deteriorate and lose their ability to support the implant. Missteps in oral hygiene are often to blame for peri-implantitis, but other factors may contribute as well.
A few additional problems that might lead to implant failure include:
Dental implant failure can be divided into two categories. Early failure happens shortly after the implant placement surgery, while late failure can happen anytime after osseointegration. It may even happen years or decades after the initial surgery.
Symptoms of early and late dental implant failure are similar and include:
If you suspect there is a problem with one of your dental implants, get in touch with us right away. We will examine your mouth, learn about your symptoms, and talk to you about your treatment options. In some cases, we are able to save dental implants with a deep dental cleaning, antibiotics, and other conservative infection control measures. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is we will be able to get your smile’s health back on track as inexpensively and simply as possible.
If the damage to the implant or the surrounding tissue is severe, we might have to remove the implant altogether. After we restore your oral health, perhaps through a bone graft, gum disease treatment, and other services, you might be able to receive a new dental implant.