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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Reasons Why Dental Implants Fail


Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. Boustany
Reasons Why Dental Implants FailDental implants can fail if you do not practice good dental hygiene or your have a habit, such as smoking. Therefore, make sure that you take good care of your implants, just like your regular teeth.

What Triggers an Implant Failure?


An implant can fail for one of various reasons. Sometimes it will not fuse with the bone, the prosthesis becomes fractured, or the implant is not positioned correctly when it is applied. If bone loss is advanced, it will cause implant mobility, which eventually will lead to the implant's removal. We typically categorize implant failure under 2 classifications: early failure, (or before implant osseointegration) or late failure (after the implant has fused with the bone). Any lack of stability can trigger an early failure. Instability typically results when the implant is placed in poor-quality bone or insufficient bone. If we believe you do not have enough bone to perform an implant, we may suggest bone grafting to keep your implant intact.

When Implants Fail after They Are Placed


In some cases, an implant will fail because of an infection known as peri-implantitis. If you do not floss or keep the gum clean and free of irritation, the gum around the implant can swell and become infected. Therefore, it is important, as noted, to take care of your implant as you would take care of regular teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. Also, if you are a bruxer (or clench and/or grind your teeth), you can experience implant failure. Smokers and tobacco users can also experience problems with implant functioning. Therefore, having an implant also means doing all that you can to keep your gums and teeth healthy and free of disease.

Do you feel you need to have an implant checked because of perceived mobility? Maybe you would like to see about getting implants. If so, give us a call today. We can always be reached to schedule an appointment and consultation.

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