Dental Implant Failure

Dental implants are great devices for those with missing teeth. They are a reliable and long-lasting solution to improve your oral health. With dental implants, you can prevent further dental issues. However, like any procedure, there is a chance of complications. Although it is rare, some people can experience dental implant failure. With the right routine, you can lower your chances of implant failure. 

Dental Implant Failure

What is Dental Implant Failure?

Dental implant failure is when an implant does not integrate fully with the surrounding bone. It can also include the possibility of issues after placement. There are many factors that can lead to failure. 

Poor oral hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can lead to infection and gum disease. This can decrease the stability of the implant. 

Insufficient bone density: Sufficient bone density is crucial for the success of the implant. If the jawbone lacks strength, the implant may not be able to bond effectively.

Smoking: Experts state that smoking can slow the healing process. Also, it can increase your risk of implant failure.  

Medical conditions: Certain systemic conditions can affect the success of dental implants. For example, autoimmune disorders or diabetes can reduce your ability to heal after surgery. This can make it more likely that your implant with fail. 

Surgical issues: Implant placement requires skill and precision. Surgical errors or complications can also lead to implant failure.

How to Minimize Implant Failure

While you can’t always prevent implant failure, there are steps you can take to lower the risk. 

Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush and floss regularly, and schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of infection and gum disease. This will enhance implant success.

Quit smoking: If you smoke, consider quitting before implant placement. Smoking impacts the healing process and increases the risks of implant failure. 

Address oral health issues: Treat any existing gum disease, tooth decay, or infections before implant surgery.

What to Do if Dental Implant Failure Occurs

In the event of dental implant failure, it’s vital to take prompt action. First, you should notify your dentist right away if you feel any signs of implant failure. This can include pain, swelling, or loosening of the implant. You may also notice changes in your bite.

Then, your dentist will conduct an exam. They may also request tests to assess the cause and extent of the implant failure. With the nature of the implant failure, your dentist will give you treatment options. This may involve removing the failed implant. You may need bone grafting to improve bone density. They may also consider other missing tooth solutions.

If you have an implant removal, follow your dentist’s orders to promote healing and reduce issues. Moving forward, you should talk to your dentist about other options. The two of you can discuss the implant replacement down the road. After fixing your underlying issues, you can try implants again. 

Trust that your dentist can change your smile for the better.


Harry W. McCool, DDS, PC
Lilburn, GA Dentist

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Lilburn, GA 30047

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