While dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option, in rare cases you may experience dental implant failure. At Periodontal Implant Group in Houston, the team of dental and periodontal experts offers dental implant maintenance and repair services to preserve your smile and dental health. If you’re concerned about the integrity of your dental implant, call Periodontal Implant Group or make an appointment online today.
Dental implant failure occurs when your implant doesn’t remain in your jaw after implantation. Implant failure is classified as either short-term or long-term failure. Short-term failure occurs when your implant doesn’t take immediately after implantation. Long-term failure is when your implant falls out years after it was originally placed in your jaw.
Signs of dental implant failure include a loose dental implant, pain in your jaw, and bleeding around the implant. You might also develop an abscess or show signs of infection such as swelling, redness, and pus.
Short-term dental implant failure is often due to the implant not correctly integrating with your jaw bone. The integration process is critical to providing a secure base for the crown, and when it doesn’t occur, the implant is loose and at risk of falling out.
Long-term failure occurs when you have bone loss around the implant years after implantation. Dental implants are supposed to stimulate healthy bone growth in your jaw, but other factors can lead to bone loss as you age.
Bruxism — teeth grinding — can also lead to dental implant failure. When you grind your teeth, whether during the day from stress or overnight while you sleep, the extra pressure can loosen the titanium post as well as damage the crown and any remaining natural teeth.
Infection and gum disease also contribute to dental implant failure. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. If you don’t take care of your remaining teeth and gums, the same damaging effects that lead to tooth loss can also lead to dental implant failure. It’s critical to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and have regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Treatment for your dental implant failure depends on the cause of the problem. For example, if you have an infection, your dentist can prescribe medicine to clear the infection and perform a surgery to remove damaged soft tissues as well as gum grafting to rebuild your gum tissue. He can also perform bone grafts to strengthen weakened jawbones that have loosened around the implant.
The team at Periodontal Implant Group provides thorough consultations to diagnose the cause of your implant failure and the most appropriate treatment. Call Periodontal Implant Group or schedule an appointment online today if you’re concerned about dental implant failure.