Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Montgomery, MN
An Effective Way to Fix Your Implant Treatment
Dental implants are one of the most highly successful restoration treatments out there, representing the gold standard of tooth-replacement options. In fact, they generally boast a success rate of 95% or more. Even so, they aren’t 100% immune to complications or failure. Although there’s a very low chance of this occurring, you’ll still want to understand why this can happen, the indications of dental implant failure, and how our team can help salvage your restoration(s). Feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions!
Why Choose Geoffrey A. Iverson, DDS for Dental Implant Salvage?
- Uses State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
- Works Closely with a Trusted Local Oral Surgeon
- Professional Dentist with Decades of Experience
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
While there are several causes of dental implant failure to consider, the most common one is peri-implantitis. This infection begins when bacteria accumulates and spreads in the tissue surrounding the dental implant, eventually weakening and damaging the connective tissue. The gums and jawbone can also begin to deteriorate, making them incapable of supporting the implant. A common cause of this problem is poor oral hygiene, though other aspects play a significant role.
Other reasons for dental implant failure involve issues like failed osseointegration (where the implant and jawbone don’t bond sufficiently), medical conditions (such as cancer), and physical trauma.
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
Even if you’ve had your dental implants for several years or only a couple of months, failure can occur at any point after getting them placed, even during the recovery period. Some of the common indications that a dental implant has failed include:
- A loose or weakening dental implant
- Strange or intense pain after completing your implant procedure
- Trouble chewing your meals comfortably
- Any swelling or bleeding in the implant site, which may indicate an infection
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
If you’re experiencing issues or believe there’s an underlying problem with your dental implant, make sure to notify our team as soon as possible. We’ll evaluate your mouth, review your symptoms, and develop an appropriate treatment plan to resolve the issue. At times, we might salvage your restoration by performing a deep cleaning, providing antibiotics, or offering some other method to manage infection. However, if the damage surrounding your implant is extensive, then we’ll likely need to work with your oral surgeon to extract it. We’ll then address the underlying problem before getting you a brand-new implant.