If you have replaced one or more of your missing teeth with dental implants, then you have a lot to look forward to. You can eat, laugh, speak, and smile just as easily as you could before you lost any of your teeth. Plus, dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent, even after decades!
That said, dental implant failure can occur in some cases. While you don’t need to live in constant fear that this will happen to you, you should be aware of some of the reasons why it could happen, the signs of a failed dental implant in Lansdale, and your treatment options. If you ever feel worried about the health of your dental implants, please call our team at Brookwood Dental Associates right away. We’ll do our utmost to help you overcome the issue and reclaim a healthy smile.
By far the most common cause of dental implant failure is a type of gum disease called peri-implantitis. In this situation, bacteria infect the tissue surrounding an implant. Without treatment, the gums and jawbone may weaken to the point where they can no longer support the implant. Peri-implantitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, but other variables may also come into play.
Some additional reasons why a dental implant might fail include:
Dental implant failure often occurs shortly after the implant has been surgically placed, but it can also happen several months, years, or even decades after osseointegration is complete. Early and late dental implant failure typically present many of the same symptoms, including:
If you experience even minor instances of these problems, we encourage you to contact us promptly. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
When you call us about a suspected problem with your dental implants, we’ll schedule you an appointment right away. One of our dentists will examine your mouth, ask you some questions about your symptoms, and go over your treatment options. There’s a chance that we might be able to save your implant with a deep cleaning, a prescription of antibiotics, or another measure designed to conservatively target infections.
However, if the implant or the supportive tissue is too severely damaged, we may need to remove the implant entirely. After administering the appropriate treatment, such as bone grafting or periodontal therapy, the area will be given some time to heal. Then, we can discuss the possibility of receiving a new dental implant.