Dental implants are by no means new. Dentists have been placing them for decades, and over time improvements in technology and techniques have made the treatment extremely reliable. With a 95% success rate, it is very unlikely that your dental implants will fail – but that doesn’t make it any less important to prepare for the possibility. Make sure that you’re familiar with the symptoms of dental implant failure and give Dr. Tolliver a call immediately if you think dental implant salvage might be necessary.
Various circumstances can lead to dental implant failure. One particularly common issue is peri-implantitis, which is when an infection occurs in the tissue around your implant. Peri-implantitis can lead to bone loss around the dental implant post; if there’s too much deterioration, the implant can ultimately come loose.
Other possible causes of dental implant failure include a weakened immune system, physical trauma involving the face, and a lack of successful osseointegration.
It’s often possible to tell when a dental implant has failed due to the side effects it causes. For example, there might be severe pain in the area where the post is located, you could experience swelling or other symptoms of infection, and/or the implant post may feel like it’s loose. If there’s any reason to think that you might have a failed dental implant, call our office immediately; it’s best to have the issue taken care of before it leads to additional complications.
The first step we need to take is to figure out why it happened and whether there are any larger oral health issues that need to be addressed. If an infection is found, it may be possible to treat it without taking your dental implant posts out of your mouth.
When the failure is a result of physical trauma or problems with osseointegration, your implants will likely need to be taken out entirely until your mouth has had a chance to heal. Once the problem has been resolved, we can discuss whether new dental implant posts can be placed.