Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Ridgefield, CT
Helping You Preserve Your New Smile
Generally speaking, dental implant failure is not something you have to worry too much about. The treatment has a success rate of over 95%, and our team will take the time to address any possible issues before implant surgery is performed. That said, dental implant failure can still happen, and if it does, Dr. Jones and Dr. Franzese are here to give you the best chance of protecting your new teeth. If you’re worried that your implants might have failed, call us today .
Why Choose Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center for Dental Implant Salvage?
- Complete Dental Implant Care In-House
- State of the Art Dental Technology
- Convenient Low-Interest Dental Plans
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
Dental implant failure can happen shortly after your surgery, or it can occur several years down the road. The most common reason for such failure is an infection called peri-implantitis. This is basically a type of gum disease where the tissue around the implant has become infected. If the infection isn’t treated in time, it can cause the jawbone and gums to deteriorate, and eventually, they may no longer be able to support the implant post.
There are other possible reasons for implant failure as well. A post might be broken or knocked loose after you get hit in the mouth. You might develop a medical condition such as cancer that interferes with your body’s ability to support the implant posts. Or osseointegration – the process of the implant fusing with the jawbone – may not take place at all. It’s important to figure out the cause of failure so that we can determine the best way to proceed with treatment.
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
There are signs that you can look out for that can warn you that a dental implant might be failing. Common symptoms include:
- Any unusual or severe pain that goes beyond what would normally be expected after implant placement surgery.
- A dental implant post that feels loose to the touch.
- Bleeding, swelling, or pus around the dental implant post.
- Having difficulty chewing even after you’ve received your dental implant restorations.
All of these symptoms can potentially point to other problems as well, but nevertheless, it’s important to have them checked out as soon as possible. The faster you act, the more likely you are to be able to protect your dental implants and the rest of your mouth.
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
We’ll begin by examining your mouth and learning more about your symptoms before we discuss the available treatment options. In some cases, your dental implants can be left in your mouth while we address the issue. For example, an infection can be treated with a deep dental cleaning or antibiotics.
In some cases, though, such as when there has been severe damage to the tissues in your mouth, we may have to remove your implants altogether. Oftentimes, you can get new dental implant posts once we’ve completed whatever treatments are necessary to restore your oral health.