Dentists have been filling in gaps in their patients’ smiles with dental implants for decades now, and thanks to modern practices, the failure rate for the procedure is less than 5%. That said, it’s still possible your implant posts not might take the first time, and that can lead to complications. Dr. Aten and Dr. Brown regularly perform dental implant salvage in Oklahoma City to help patients keep their newly repaired smiles whole. If you think there’s an issue with your implants, feel free to contact us today.
In some cases, another provider might have simply failed to place the dental implant in the correct position; this can prevent the bone around the post from healing properly, and as a result the dental implant may become loose. However, another common cause of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis. Basically, this is an infection of the gums and bone tissue around the implant post that sometimes forms as a result of smoking or poor oral hygiene. As the infection attacks the jaw, you could suffer from significant bone loss, causing the implant to become loose. No matter what the underlying cause of dental implant failure is, it needs to be addressed immediately.
Dental implant failure can occur shortly after the placement surgery or several months down the line. Common signs that a problem has occurred include:
To try and restore your oral health and – if possible – save your dental implants, we’ll likely need to perform special surgery. The exact procedure depends on your situation. If you have periimplantitis, for example, we’ll need to remove the posts so that we can clean the area of plaque and tartar. If bone loss has occurred, we can perform a graft to help the jaw regenerate itself. Even if your implants need to be removed for treatment, you may be able to receive new posts later once the underlying issue has been addressed; while this often requires time for healing, there are cases where we can try and place implants again right away.