As a tooth replacement solution, dental implants are extremely successful and have been known to last for life. But while failure is far from a common occurrence, it is nevertheless a possibility that you need to be prepared for. As soon as you realize that there’s an issue with your dental implants, call our Murphy office immediately to set up a consultation with Dr. Fallah, our in-house periodontist; he’ll figure out what steps need to be taken to keep your newly restored smile safe.
There are multiple reasons why dental implants might fail, but the most common one is peri-implantitis, which is an infection of the tissues around the implant post. As the infection damages the gums and jawbone over time, your implants may eventually come loose.
Other circumstances that often result in implant failure include physical trauma, failed osseointegration (meaning the dental implant never fuses with the jawbone), and medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes. When you visit our office, our team will work to narrow down the source of the problem so that it can be properly treated.
Common warning signs that a dental implant has failed include the following:
Remember, dental implants can fail either shortly after they’re placed or long after the implant process is complete. Regardless of when the failure occurs, you’re likely to experience the same kinds of symptoms, so reach out to us immediately if you notice any of the warning signs listed above.
Once you arrive at our office, we’ll ask about your symptoms and perform a complete examination of your mouth and jaw. After discussing our findings with you, we’ll determine what kind of treatment is necessary to protect your overall oral health.
If the failure was caused by peri-implantitis, we may be able to treat the area without having to remove the implant posts. On the other hand, if the issue is due to an injury or failed osseointegration, we’ll likely need to take out your implants so that your mouth can heal. After you’ve recovered, it may be possible to place new implants in your jaw.
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