Before having dental implants placed, it’s important to remember that complications can sometimes occur even after the most reliable treatments. Dental implant failure may be uncommon, but the possibility is still there. We recommend that you call us right away if there seem to be problems with your new teeth. Dr. Pate can help you figure out what the issue is as well as the kind of treatments you need.
Oftentimes, an infection is to blame for dental implant failure. More specifically, some patients suffer from what is known as peri-implantitis, which involves harmful bacteria attacking the gum tissue and jawbone structure around the dental implant posts. Peri-implantitis is more likely to occur if you don’t brush the area around your dental implants as often or as thoroughly as you should.
There are a few other reasons why dental implants might fail:
Does your dental implant feel loose? Are you experiencing severe pain around the post? Have you noticed swollen or receding gums? Have chewing and biting become more difficult for you lately?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you may be noticing signs of dental implant failure and should get in touch with our practice as soon as possible. Keep in mind that there is no time limit for when dental implant failure can occur; some patients don’t experience any issues until years after their surgery.
At the beginning of the dental implant salvage process, it’s important to establish two things: what caused the problem to begin with and what solutions are available. Our team will examine your implants and the tissues around them carefully before explaining what steps you should take next to protect your smile.
Sometimes you may be able to keep the dental implants you currently have. That said, if the posts do need to be removed, you may be able to get new ones later.