June 14, 2021 by Dr. Abhi Singh

Can Dental Implants Fail

While dental implants are generally a reliable treatment for tooth loss, they are not an infallible solution for natural dentition. Sometimes they can get rejected by the body, leading to costly surgeries and even total tooth loss if left untreated for tooth loss long. Moreover, suppose there is any damage to the implant or surrounding tissue. In that case, it may not heal properly and fail over time. 

Many people are often hesitant to invest in treatments like dental implants because they fear the potential risks. However, you must know what these risks may be before making any final decisions so there will be no disappointments later on down the line when something goes wrong. 

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common causes for failure as well as prevention methods that can help keep your implant intact and healthy without issues!

Signs of A Dental Implant Failure?

Severe Pain:

Dental implants require a healing period of one to two weeks. They can cause some intermittent pain during the healing process. During the recovery period for dental work, you can expect periodic discomfort in your mouth that should be treated with over-the-counter medicines prescribed by your dentist. However, if you find yourself with throbbing waves of discomfort and intense pain that persists beyond this period, then make an appointment with your dentist immediately to see what might be wrong.

Inflammation or bleeding

Once your implant has been installed, you may experience some minor swelling. If it persists and gets inflamed, then become infected, head straight to see a dentist because they will most likely prescribe antibiotics to treat an infection. An untreated infection in this area of the mouth could lead to other problems like spreading into other parts of the body or bloodstream–either one being very dangerous!

Minor bruising after dental implants are placed is normal. At the same time, gums heal, but if inflammation occurs with no signs for improvement within 2-3 weeks post-op, get checked out immediately by a specialist before any complications arise from infections that often accompany these types of surgeries.

Loose implant

A well-placed implant should feel as comfortable and natural in your mouth as a tooth would. 

The best way to find out if it is properly seated is by talking, eating, or even just touching the area of concern—it shouldn’t move at all under any circumstances! Implants are as secure and tightly fitted to your mouth’s socket as a natural tooth, but if they become loose, it can be costly for you. If you notice that there is movement when speaking or feeling tightness from manually pulling on it, contact your dentist immediately for advice because something may not be right with the installation process.

Difficulty Chewing and Biting

When you get an implant, it will feel like your natural teeth. Therefore, you should not see any differences in how they function while eating or talking; biting down on substances is also no different from normal tooth chewing. However, suppose there are problems with these tasks such as shifting of implants, pain or pressure. In that case, this could be a warning sign that something’s wrong and needs immediate attention.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Oral surgeons and dentists alike spend years honing their skills to perfect the art of crafting a beautiful smile. Along with an eye for detail, they are constantly learning new techniques to protect patients from failures like teeth falling out or implants failing-despite doing everything right! However, there is always room for error when it comes to surgery because human beings make mistakes that cannot be undone.

There are several reasons why dental implants may fail, and two of the most common causes include peri-implantitis and failed osseointegration.

Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that damages the bone and can cause teeth to loosen. It may not be detected right away, but with proper dental care, it’s possible you could avoid this condition from happening in the first place!

Your jawbone can grow around the implant and secure it, but this can be a complex process. Various factors may contribute to whether or not osseointegration will happen successfully with an individual, including smoking habits or the dental surgeon’s skill level in bone grafting techniques.

If you do smoke, then there are higher chances that osseointegration won’t occur because tobacco constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow and oxygen to the soft tissues, which makes it harder for tissues like bones and teeth to form new cells necessary for integration into surrounding tissue after an injury has occurred on either one of those areas. 

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What Factors Determine the Success of Dental Implants

Gum disease 

These days, people don’t have to worry about their implants unless they’re already battling a severe infection. Even if you’ve had advanced periodontal disease and significant bone loss in the past, it’s possible for dental implant placement so long as your dentist does things correctly from the start by augmenting any missing bones with a bone graft first before installing an artificial tooth or teeth into place.

Smoking

For smokers looking to get dental implants, some risks need to be considered. First, the success of your implant depends on its ability to fuse with the jawbone successfully. If you smoke after surgery, this process will slow down. Smoking also increases a person’s risk of developing an infection, leading them to have gum disease or bone loss in long-term use.

Insufficient Jaw Bone

Bone grafting is the best option if you don’t have enough jaw bone to support an implant. To do this, your surgeon will take some of your healthy bone from another area to build up the volume needed for a dental implant on one side or both sides of your mouth where there’s not much existing structural density.

Medical Conditions

Dental implants are sturdy, durable dental devices that can often last a lifetime. But there’s always the chance they could fail if you’re diagnosed with certain autoimmune diseases or conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes (which causes healing at a slower pace), and other medical problems which also inhibit healing. Therefore, it is essential to discuss any medications – prescription and over-the-counter – you may be taking with your oral surgeon before deciding on this treatment option for yourself; it might not be suitable for everyone!

Poor Dental Maintenance

The importance of good oral hygiene after a dental implant is often overlooked. These implants are the treatment for missing teeth. Still, if you don’t have enough range motion to clean your mouth thoroughly or interfere with your ability, in that case, these treatments will never work well.

Experienced Surgeon

 To have a tooth replacement that is long-lasting and painless, an experienced dentist needs to know how many implants are required. It can prevent excessive stress on the implant or iatrogenic trauma by working with someone who has experience in this area. They should go over what they will do before you decide if it’s right for you!

Insufficient Bone Support

Early-stage failure can happen when there is not enough bone to support a dental implant, but the surgeon completes the procedure anyway. Without adequate bone, an implanted tooth cannot fuse with your jaw.

Allergic Reaction

Suppose you’re allergic to titanium alloy, a metal in some dental implants. In that case, your oral surgeon must know this. You may develop symptoms of an allergy if exposed to the allergen, such as swelling or loss of taste. So they’ll need to be aware and recommend materials for implantation that don’t contain titanium alloy to help avoid these problems from developing.

Failure to Follow Dentists Instructions

One of the main reasons for recurrence is not following a surgeon’s post-surgery instructions. You need to follow these strict rules to lower your risk of complications and ensure that you can live an active lifestyle without restrictions. Make sure that you avoid hard candy because it can break down the implant site on which they’re anchored, discouraging healing as well as causing long term problems with dental health. Follow a routine schedule for cleaning by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day; rinse mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash after eating any food (this will help clean off restorations); continue practising good oral hygiene habits like taking care during meal times, use only soft foods until instructed otherwise; see a dentist regularly.

What Can Be Done if A Dental Implant Fails?

If you are experiencing a failure with your dental implant, it is crucial to seek the advice of a professional. First, make an appointment at your dentist’s office. They will help determine what caused the problem to provide proper treatment for you.

If you detect an infection in your implant area, don’t panic. You can clean the affected area regularly to keep it sanitary until you meet up with your dentist and receive additional treatment. Good oral hygiene is also essential if there’s a chance of catching something more serious like gum disease or bone loss due to prolonged exposure. If detected early enough, the chances are that this will be a brief issue that gets resolved quickly!

Dental implants can only be placed in areas with dense enough bone to support the implant. Suppose a site has had damage or loss. In that case, the dental surgeon may need to perform surgery and graft stronger bone onto it before implanting any more dental work. This process often requires removing existing teeth and time for healing since operations are invasive procedures that take longer than usual healing times due to their complexity.

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What Happens if Your Body Rejects Dental Implants?

Implants offer a way for people to enjoy the same feeling of having teeth even after they are gone. With implants, it’s possible to eat and talk again as if nothing was wrong! The downside is that your body can be allergic reactions or rejections, making you lose complete use of them. 

One of the most common reasons why dental implants may be rejected is metal allergy. Titanium (the main component in dental implants) causes many people problems due to their sensitivity. Therefore, they shouldn’t get these types of treatments.

Since your body’s immune system is programmed to attack anything that poses a threat, which can include the implant. Suppose your body’s natural defence mechanism attacks the implant. In that case, it may result in infections and complications during surgery or healing afterwards. Symptoms of rejection vary from person to person but often present themselves as inflammation, swelling and pain.

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How Do I Know if My Dental Implant Is Failing?

When dental implants are not handled by an experienced professional, the possibility of failure is high. In some cases, it can happen during the first stages after surgery or in many long term failures.

Dental implants are meant to feel like natural teeth. Therefore, it means that if you detect a strange feeling in your mouth, it could be an indication of a dental implant failure. Moreso, if you experience a certain level of pain and discomfort, it should be checked out by a dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further complications.

How Do You Fix a Failed Dental Implant?

According to your dental problem, the dentist will perform a treatment that is most appropriate for you. For example, if there are any problems with the tooth’s crowns or they have been lost and need replacing, then the dentist will replace them as soon as possible. But suppose bone has either eroded or needs regenerating because of an infection around your implant. In that case, the diseased tissue will be removed and make sure that other areas close by getting thoroughly cleaned out too.

Dental implants are not perfect and can fail. However, there is an underlying reason why the implant failed, which needs to be addressed; otherwise, it may happen again in a different area of your mouth or jaw that could lead to more severe problems. 

When a failed implant is removed, it takes time for the area to heal before the dentist can put in another one. It usually means that you’ll need at least 6 months of healing period and sometimes, even more, depending on where your implants are located – some may require additional surgery like bone grafts or sinus augmentation to help build up support if needed.

When the reason for the failed implant is discovered, and a new one can be placed, with most people being eligible. Sometimes bridges or removable appliances are used to replace missing teeth instead of implants.

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Final Thoughts

The truth is that dental implants fail for several reasons. For example, the dentist may not have been anchored the implant properly, or it could be due to bone loss in the area around your mouth. In other cases, there’s an issue with infection control and hygiene at the dentist office. Whatever the reason, you can trust our team at Byford Smiles to provide a solution tailored specifically to your needs so that you can feel confident about getting back on track with oral health care and living life without worry about this problem again! Contact us today for a free consultation to answer any questions you might have before moving forward with treatment plans.

AboutDr. Abhi Singh
Dr Abhi is a member of the Australian Dental Association and loves living and working in our community. He has over a decade of experience in all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in implants, wisdom teeth removal and cosmetic dentistry.