How to Recognize Dental Implant Failure

January 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — longmontdentist @ 2:06 am
closeup of two dental implants

Dental implants reign as the top choice for tooth replacement, with over 5 million implants installed each year! These implants not only restore the appearance and functionality of teeth but also boast an impressive 95% success rate. However, despite their high success rate, dental implants can still encounter challenges leading to potential failure. Here’s everything you need to know about dental implant failure and signs to watch out for.

A Closer Look at Dental Implant Failure

Dental implant failure occurs when an implant cannot perform its intended function within the patient’s mouth, typically due to issues with any of its three components. These components consist of the posts, which are surgically anchored into the jawbone, the abutments positioned atop the implant posts, and the replacement teeth.

The replacement teeth comprise a personalized dental restoration tailored to the patient’s smile and affixed to the abutments. If any of these components become loose, fractured, damaged, or compromised, the risk of dental implant failure significantly increases.

Reasons for Dental Implant Failure

Dental implant failure is typically categorized as either early failure, occurring within the initial months post-procedure, or late failure, manifesting years later. Early failure arises when osseointegration, the process whereby implant posts integrate with the patient’s jawbone, fails to occur as anticipated.

Inadequate bone growth around the implant post compromises its stability, leading to various complications. Gum disease poses a significant risk, often stemming from persistent poor oral hygiene. Furthermore, conditions such as bruxism (teeth grinding) can contribute to implant failure. Systemic diseases like osteoporosis may also impact bone density and implant stability.

Early Signs of Dental Implant Failure

Dental implant failure necessitates professional intervention and will not resolve spontaneously. Your dentist can conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, utilize X-rays, and detect any issues concerning your implants. Below are indicators that can alert you to potential implant failure:

  • Swelling or redness around the implant site suggests infection
  • Oral discomfort or pain intensifies after implant placement
  • Chronic bad breath or foul taste in the mouth persists
  • Gum recession occurs around implant sites
  • Implants feel loose or exhibit movement
  • Changes in bite pattern are noticed

Recognizing the signs of dental implant failure is crucial for prompt intervention and ensuring the long-term success of your dental implants. If you notice any of these indicators, don’t hesitate to seek professional evaluation and assistance from your dentist!

About the Practice

Coats Dental Group Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Longmont is dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients and families, ensuring their smiles remain healthy and vibrant. Offering an extensive array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, including dental implants, they aim to help patients rejuvenate their smiles and enhance their quality of life. Should you have any inquiries about their services or wish to schedule a visit for yourself or a family member, please don’t hesitate to contact Coats Dental Group Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Longmont via their website or by calling their office at (303) 776-4090.

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