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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Preserving Your Restored Smile

Patient smiling after dental implant failure and salvage in Newtown

Dental implants are successful in more than 95% of cases, so you can be confident that your restored smile will last for many years. However, you should still be aware of the small chance that you will face a failed dental implant in Newtown. If you ever believe that something is not quite right with one of your implants, contact us right away. We will do everything we can to get your oral health back on track and allow you to continue enjoying the many benefits of your restored smile.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, a common cause of dental implant failure

The most common reason for dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria attack the tissue around an implant, eating away at the gums and bone until the mouth is no longer able to support the implant. Poor oral hygiene is frequently the cause of peri-implantitis, but genetics and other factors can also contribute to it.

Other possible reasons why an implant might fail include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Man with mouth pain, experiencing symptoms of dental implant failure

Dental implant failure can occur at any time. Early failure occurs soon after the initial placement surgery, while late failure can happen years or even decades later. Therefore, it is important that you are always on the lookout for signs of a potential problem.

Here are some indications that all is not well with your implants:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Dentist and patient discussing options for dental implant salvage

Seek help as soon as you believe that something is wrong with your dental implants. Delaying care gives the problem the opportunity to worsen. The sooner you are treated, the more likely it is that it will be possible to save your implant.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will examine your mouth and perhaps take some X-Rays. Once we understand the exact nature of the problem, we will be able to recommend a solution. In some cases, something as simple as antibiotics and some adjustments to oral hygiene are all that is necessary.  It is also possible that you need a new restoration.

In other cases, it becomes necessary to remove an implant altogether. Later, after a healing period and some restorative treatments (perhaps including a bone graft), it might be possible to insert a new implant.

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