You finally did it! You took the plunge and got dental implants to replace your missing teeth. No more prosthetics slipping out of place. No more worrying about whether or not your teeth look natural. You’ve had your dental implants placed, so now your days of caring for your teeth are over, right? Well, if you’re not careful, you could experience dental implant failure. Although 90 percent of the dental implants placed are still successful after 10 years, some do fail. The good news is that your prosthodontist can perform dental implant salvage, helping you get the results you’ve always wanted. In this post, learn about why dental implants fail and how to save them.
Reasons for Failure
Dental implant failure is basically when the post is not firmly integrated with the jaw bone and not being supported by the surrounding tissue. It can become loose and not function properly. Although there are many reasons that dental implants can fail, here are just two.
Clenching, Grinding, or Incorrect Bite
Your dental implants are a lot like your natural teeth. There’s only a certain threshold of pressure they can take before damage occurs. If you put too much stress on your dental implants, your jaw bone can suffer the consequences. Tell your prosthodontist or dentist if you clench or grind your teeth at night so that they can create a custom night guard to keep the pressure off your teeth and implants. And let them know if your bite doesn’t feel quite right and is causing you jaw pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Fixing the dental prosthetic on top is much easier than trying to fix the damage done beneath the gum surface.
Bad Oral Hygiene
Just because dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, it doesn’t mean that bacteria can’t still wreak havoc in your mouth. For example, if you let gum disease develop, your gums can pull away from the implants, the supporting bone and tissue can become permanently damaged, and ultimately, the dental implants can fail. That’s why you need to maintain the same healthy oral habits as for normal teeth, including brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist twice every year for checkups and cleanings. If you think you have gum disease, contact your dentist. Through periodontal therapy and treatment, you may be able to reverse any damage and get your oral health back on track.
Saving Failed Dental Implants
Whenever possible, you should try to save your dental implants using non-invasive techniques, such as those already mentioned above. However, if all these efforts are ineffective, surgery may be needed. During this process, your prosthodontist can clean the tissues and the dental implant’s surface to remove harmful bacteria. If necessary, they can also perform a bone graft to reinforce the jaw bone. As a last resort, your prosthodontist may need to remove the implant altogether. If this is the case, keep in mind that you may be able to try placing the implant again down the road.
If you do have dental implant failure, you can rest assured that your care is in capable hands when you turn to a prosthodontist, who specializes in dental implants and advanced restorative services. They can help you regain your implants’ functionality by making sure the supporting bone and tissues are healthy. That way, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a fully restored smile for many years to come.
About the Author
After graduating with his doctorate of dental medicine degree and awards for outstanding work in prosthodontics, Dr. Ben Tindal completed a three-year residency at the University of Florida where he earned his master’s degree and his certificate in prosthodontics. At Tindal Prosthodontics, he and his staff have years of experience placing and maintaining dental implants, so you can trust that you’ll have the best chances of success. To schedule an appointment with him, call (941) 225-2520 or click here.