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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – City, ST

Preserving Your Newly Rebuilt Smile

Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement because they’re incredibly successful even after a decade. Not only are they extremely lifelike, but they have the potential to keep your smile intact for years to come! Of course, that doesn't mean there aren’t rare instances where dental implant failure occurs. It’s important to be aware of why it happens and how to recognize the symptoms. To learn more, continue reading or give our office a call today!

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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Peri-implantitis is the most common cause of dental implant failure. It’s an infection that destroys the connective tissue around the implant, weakening the supporting jawbone structure. Eventually, the jawbone may deteriorate and lose its ability to support the implant. While poor oral hygiene is often to blame for this condition, there are other factors that contribute as well.

There are several additional problems that can lead to implant failure, including:

  • Failed osseointegration
  • Physical trauma
  • Medical conditions that interfere with the body’s ability to support dental implants

Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant

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It’s important to note that dental implant failure can occur at any time. Early failure typically happens shortly after implant placement surgery. Meanwhile, late failure can occur years or even decades after the initial surgery.

Keep an eye out for symptoms of early and late dental implant failure, such as:

  • Unusual or severe pain. While some soreness is normal after dental implant surgery, they should not feel extremely painful or uncomfortable. Instead, they should feel natural in your mouth.
  • Loose dental implant. Sometimes a dental implant may feel loose if there’s a problem with the restoration. In others, it’s because of implant failure.
  • Bleeding, swelling, and pus. These are all signs of an infection, which requires immediate attention from a dentist.
  • Difficulty chewing. After you receive your implant restorations, you can eat virtually anything you want without an issue.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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Do you suspect a problem with one of your dental implants? Don’t hesitate to contact us right away! Our team will conduct a detailed examination, learn about your symptoms, and ask about your treatment options. Depending on the situation, we may be able to restore your smile with a deep dental cleaning, antibiotics, and other conservative infection control measures. The sooner you visit us, the better chance we have of getting your oral health back on track.