When A Dental Implant Fails

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Occasionally, a patient is referred to me because they have a failing Dental Implant. Implants can fail for a number of reasons, including a patient’s health conditions (osteoporosis, uncontrolled diabetes, use of steroids, heavy smoker, etc.).

Implants can also fail due to improper placement issues. I’ve seen this occur when a bone drill was too hot and destroyed bone tissue, implants that are not fully protected during the healing process, and when a dentist restores the implant too soon.

Other issues that can affect implant failure are incorrect selection of implant types, such as an implant too heavy for the bone mass in which it is placed. I’ve also seen implants fail for things like overuse of adhesive that worked its way into the bone during attachment of the teeth.

Poor oral hygiene at home is another cause of implant failure. After implants are placed, they are designed to last a lifetime, but require proper care. When a patient does not adhere to a strict daily hygiene regimen at home to keep their mouth clean or they resist dental check-ups and cleanings (implant patients are often scheduled more frequently than every 6 months), implant failure is a high risk. This means that the investment the patient has made in secured teeth for chewing comfort and smiling confidence turns into a loss.

Many of these problems can be avoided by seeking the best experience and skills of the specialist to place your dental implants. You should select one with a reputable track record of success who is willing to provide a list of past patients to contact.

Periodontal specialists are specifically trained in the selection and placement of dental implants. This individual can be a key factor in a successful outcome!

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