Dental implants in Broken Arrow have become the most preferred solution to replace missing teeth because they are predictable and reliable. In fact, they offer over a 95% success rate to permanently treat tooth loss, allowing you to make a long-term investment. If you have made the choice to fill the empty spaces in your smile with dental implants, you never expect them to fail. While it is rare, their success can become compromised.
Risks for Implant Failure
Generally, the risk for implant failure is less than 5%, but it can still occur. There are several reasons that may lead to an issue with them. The sooner the problem is addressed, the more likely your implant can be saved. Depending on the complications you are having, there are a few different treatment options.
This is the most common cause of implant failure. It occurs when an infection develops during or after the placement of the implant post due to bacteria in the mouth. To prevent it, oral hygiene is vital; however, even with the best brushing and flossing habits, bacteria can seep onto the implant posts, causing an infection.
It will destroy the hard and soft tissues that surround the post. When caught early, the infection can be treated; however, if it progresses, the implant will need to be removed and replaced.
The long-term success of dental implants relies on the body’s ability to properly fuse to the post through a process known as osseointegration. When the jawbone does not fuse to the post correctly, the implant can become loose or fall out. In addition, it can damage the surrounding tissues and structures.
To prevent this from occurring, it is important to have proper bone density and volume in the jaw to allow it to support the post. For those with decreased density, a bone grafting procedure can be used to correct the issue.
Infection and poor osseointegration are the most common causes of implant failure, but they are not the only ones that can occur. Other reasons your implant may fail can include:
- Nerve and tissue damage
- Sinus problems
- Allergic reaction
- Foreign body rejection
- Broken or damaged implant
Symptoms of Failed Implants
With quick intervention, failed dental implants can often be saved. It is best to contact your dentist immediately at the first sign of a problem, such as:
- Pain or discomfort
- Swelling or inflammation of the gums
- Feeling that the implant is loose
Invest in Your Smile
You can help to reduce your risk of implant failure by maintaining your home oral hygiene habits and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Terry Rigdon
Dr. Terry Rigdon is supported by extensive experience and qualifications as a dentist. As a result, he offers advanced dental procedures, like dental implants. He can replace your missing teeth or help you overcome implant failure. If you are ready to treat your tooth loss or you suspect that you have a problem with your current implant, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.