What causes implant failure?Implants can fail for several different reasons, and sometimes before they’ve even fully healed. Improper placement of the implant at the time of surgery can lead to the implant breaking or being loose. The Implant could also fail because it doesn’t fuse with your jawbone. The strength and stability of the implant (and your false teeth) depend upon this factor. In some instances, for reasons not always known, the implant can fail to fuse, leading to a loose implant. It may even fall out.
Implants can fail due to infection as well. Known as peri-implantitis, this infection causes inflammation in the gum tissue and bone around the implant, which leads to bone loss and the implant becoming compromised.
Symptoms of Failing ImplantsThere are a few different signs that can point to a failing implant:
Risk Factors for FailureCertain factors can increase your risk for implant failure:
Diagnosing Implant FailureIf you are experiencing an issue with your dental implants, it is important that you contact us immediately. We will conduct a thorough visual examination of your mouth. We will also take digital x-rays or an image with a 3-D cone beam CT scanner. This will allow us to see exactly what is going on with your implants, and help us make a proper treatment plan.
Treatment OptionsYour treatment plan will depend upon what the exact issue with your implants is. For peri-implantitis, we can often remove the infection with a deep cleaning. We can achieve this with a periscope, a small dental camera that goes under your gums that allow us to thoroughly clean your implants without surgery.
In some instances, a lack of bone mass (either before the implant or that has been lost after the implant was initially placed) is the cause of failure. If there is only a small amount of bone missing, we may be able to regenerate it with a minimally invasive procedure that involves applying growth proteins.
If the bone loss is too severe, or the implants were placed incorrectly, the best option may be to remove the implants and replace them entirely. We can perform a bone graft, and then start fresh.
If you have noticed any symptoms of Implant failure, contact Cassity Implants and Periodontics right away to schedule your consultation!