Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Brecksville, OH
Saving Your Newly Rebuilt Smile
As you may already know, dental implants have an initial placement success rate of 95%, meaning it’s very unlikely that you’ll experience any complications following this treatment. However, there’s still the possibility that a problem can occur, leading to a failed dental implant. There are a few different reasons why that can happen, but there’s no need to worry! At Brecksville Dental Excellence, we can bring your smile back to its full potential with our implant failure and salvage treatment. To learn more, continue reading or give our office a call today.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
The most common cause of implant failure is peri-implantitis. It’s an infection that destroys the connective tissue around the implant, weakening the jawbone structure that supports it. This condition is often caused by poor oral hygiene although other factors may contribute as well.
A few other elements that may cause your dental implants to fail include:
- Tobacco use
- Failed osseointegration
- Allergic reactions
- Sinus problems
- Preexisting medical conditions
If you want to ensure your dental implants are placed properly and fuse with no issues, you need to choose an implant dentist that’s perfectly capable of performing this type of procedure.
Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant
It’s important to note that dental implant failure can occur at any time. Early implant failure typically happens during the 3-to-6 months healing period following your surgery. Meanwhile, later implant failure can develop years or even decades after your initial treatment.
Keep an eye out for these common warning signs of a failed dental implant:
- Severe pain or discomfort
- Receding gums around the implant
- Loose or shifting implant
- Difficulty chewing on or around the affected area
- Swollen gums
- Teeth grinding
- Sudden allergic reaction
- Implant micro-movements
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you suspect you have a failed dental implant! To determine the best treatment method, Dr. Saleh will conduct a thorough oral examination. If the problem is peri-implantitis, he may be able to treat your gums without removing the actual post. However, a bone graft is sometimes necessary to build up that particular damaged area of bone.
If injury or failed osseointegration is to blame, your implant will need to be removed to ensure the area properly heals. In that case, we can discuss whether you will need a new dental implant or not. The earlier we can identify the issue, the higher our chances are of successfully restoring your smile.