Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Kent, WA
Preserve Your Fully Restored Tooth
Dental implants are typically the most effective and comprehensive restorations for completely rebuilding missing teeth. Not only do they boast a success rate of over 95%, but they can usually last several decades to a lifetime with proper care. Conversely, if they aren’t well kept with daily oral hygiene and dental visits, these titanium posts can potentially fail in the long run. This can happen many years down the road or even after the placement procedure. The good news is that our team at Complete Dental Care can try to save it with dental implant salvage treatment! If you think your restoration is having issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for help.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
While dental implants have a strong and long-lasting foundation in your jawbone, a few things can potentially cause them to fail, including:
- Failed osseointegration – Your dental implant is meant to fuse with the jawbone via osseointegration. However, if this process doesn’t work due to poor oral hygiene, bad oral habits, or an infection, the metal post may not bond properly to the tissue.
- Peri-implantitis – This is an infection in the gum tissue surrounding the dental implant, typically a result of poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, the jawbone can become weaker and the connective tissues holding the implant can end up getting damaged.
- Accidental trauma – Physical impact or an accidental blow to the face can cause your jawbone to get injured or damage the dental implant enough to make it fail.
- Certain medical conditions – Some health conditions can cause a dental implant to fail, such as uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, and other situations that impact your oral health.
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
A dental implant can fail at any point after the placement procedure, either after several years or within a few weeks. Make sure to look out for the following common indications of dental implant failure:
- A loose or wobbly sensation in your dental implant
- Persistent, intense, or worsening discomfort around the dental implant
- Swelling, bleeding, or discharge surrounding your dental implant
- Pain or difficulty while chewing or eating
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
Make sure to notify our team if you ever notice any warning signs of dental implant failure. We can help by assessing your condition over a phone call and penciling you in for the earliest appointment. Once we’ve looked over your mouth and dental implant, we can discuss your treatment plan.
Our team utilizes a wide range of specialized services that can be used to salvage your metal post. These may involve simple treatments such as antibiotics or deep cleaning. For more complex situations, we might perform procedures like periodontal therapy, bone grafting, or tissue regeneration. We’ll be sure to walk you through your options so that we can rescue your brand-new tooth!