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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Granger, IN

Save Your Replacement Teeth!

Dental implants are a preferred solution to address tooth loss because they replace the roots of the missing teeth and fuse to the jawbone through osseointegration. This gives them an incredibly high success rate of over 95%. However, there is still a very small chance that dental implants fail. Continue reading to learn why this occurs, which symptoms to look out for, and what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

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Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The most common cause of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis. This occurs when bacteria and infection destroy the connective tissue around the implant and weaken the supporting jawbone structure. Typically, this is caused by poor oral hygiene and gum disease. To keep this from happening, you need to maintain an excellent dental hygiene routine and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months.

Some other factors that can cause dental implant failure include trauma, failed osseointegration, and certain medical conditions – including uncontrolled diabetes and osteoporosis.

Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant

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Dental implant failure doesn’t always happen immediately after placement. It can actually happen at any time. That’s why it is always important to know which symptoms to look out for. Here are some that you should be aware of:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Gum recession around the implant
  • Loose dental implant
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Gum inflammation

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Woman with a toothache

If you think that there may be an issue with your dental implant, don’t hesitate to call us so we can take a look. After we examine your teeth and discuss your symptoms, we will put together a treatment plan that is ideal for you. There are a variety of treatment methods that could be necessary. The most common ways we address dental implant failure are through deep cleanings, antibiotic treatment, and other infection control methods. The sooner you reach out to us about your concerns, the more likely we will be able to save your smile.