Dental Implant Failure and Salvage – Chula Vista, CA
Loose Implants? We Can Help
You can typically count on dental implants to last for decades. However, they can fail under certain circumstances. It’s not something that you need to constantly be worried about, but you should take the time to learn about the risk factors and symptoms of implant failure – as well as the possible solutions. If you’re having problems with your dental implants, call Dr. Barajas right away to see how you can protect your newly restored grin.
Why Choose Village Walk Dental for Dental Implant Salvage?
- Dentist with Over Three Decades of Experience
- Partnered with Local Dental Implant Specialists
- Same-Day Appointments for Dental Emergencies
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, but when they fail, it’s usually due to one of the following reasons:
- An infection known as peri-implantitis has formed around the dental implant posts, causing the tissues holding them in place to deteriorate.
- The dental implants never formed a strong bond with the jawbone, making them unstable.
- Physical trauma has damaged the implant posts or the tissues around them.
- Your body’s ability to support dental implants is being affected by diabetes or another medical condition.
You can often take steps to lower your risk of implant failure. For example, you can protect yourself from peri-implantitis by practicing good oral hygiene. That said, sometimes implants can still fail despite your best efforts.
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
When dental implants fail, they often feel loose; in extreme cases, they might even fall out of your mouth entirely. You may also notice pain around the implant posts. (Note that this pain is typically more severe than what you might experience when you first have dental implants placed.) Symptoms of infection – such as bleeding or swollen gums – can also point to a problem with your dental implants.
Note that while dental implant failure can happen shortly after implant placement, it can also occur years or even decades afterward. Regardless of when your implants fail, the symptoms tend to be similar.
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
When you call our office, we’ll ask about your symptoms and make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. Once you get to our office, we’ll examine your mouth to narrow down the cause of your implant failure. Your treatment options will depend on your situation. For example, if an infection has developed around your dental implant posts, we may be able to treat it with a deep cleaning.
It’s often possible to save dental implants if the issue that caused them to fail is dealt with quickly enough. However, sometimes your implants will have to be removed entirely if there’s any severe damage. You can often have new dental implants placed once any existing oral health issues have been successfully treated.