One of the amazing benefits of dental implants is their overwhelming success rate. In fact, about 95 percent of implants are still successful 20 years after they’ve been placed! However rare, implant failure does happen every now and then, but with the right team at your side—LakeView Family Dental—you may be able to save failing implants. If you think your implants need help, don’t wait to give us a call and schedule an appointment!
In the rare cases when dental implants fail, it means that the jawbone and gums are not sufficient to support the implants, whether the implants were surgically placed just recently or years before. In the short term, implants may fail if there isn’t enough jawbone or there’s a pre-existing oral infection. To avoid this early failure, we make sure that every patient receiving implants is healthy and has robust bone tissue prior to the procedure. Years after placement, if you aren’t maintaining adequate hygiene, the implants can fail due to an infection called peri-implantitis.
If you are keeping up a healthy oral hygiene routine at home and coming in for checkups regularly, you can avoid dental implants failure. However, you can tell that your implants are starting to fail or are failing through the following symptoms:
The best way to know for sure is to meet with us for an examination. If we find that your implants are in trouble, we can begin trying to save them!
The approach we take will depend on how severe the damage is and how far along in the failure process you are. For instance, if your implants are brand-new and they have failed to integrate properly, we can simply remove them, address the impediment (e.g., through gum disease therapy or a bone graft), and try again. For implants that were placed a long time ago, we can try to get rid of the infection and bacteria with a deep cleaning. Keep in mind, however, that removal may be necessary. At that point, we can treat the problem and revisit the idea of implants after you’ve fully recovered.
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