As an experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Ben Tindal takes great pride in his ability to rebuild smiles after tooth loss. Thanks to his incredible skill, patients who replace their missing teeth with dental implants here at Tindal Prosthodontics can enjoy a treatment success rate of more than 95%, even after several decades! As rare as dental implant failure is, though, there’s still a small chance it could happen. If you suspect you might have a failed dental implant in Sarasota, please let our team know. We’ll do everything we can to get your newly restored smile back on the right track.
Although the rate of dental implant failure is less than 5%, it can still occur either shortly after your implants are placed or several months or years down the line. In the short term, it’s possible that your implant posts could fail to integrate with your jawbone. If this process, called osseointegration, has not occurred after six months, then your implants have failed and must be removed.
One common reason why a dental implant may fail in the long term is an infection in the gums that support the implant. This infection, called peri-implantitis, often develops as a result of poor oral hygiene or tobacco use. Eventually, peri-implantitis can cause the gum tissue and jawbone to deteriorate to the point where they can no longer give the implant the support it needs.
If you’ve received dental implants in Sarasota within the past year or so, it might be difficult to notice whether something is wrong. However, Dr. Tindal can easily tell whether your jawbone has failed to grow around the implant post. It’s often much easier to detect signs of a failed dental implant after the restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) has been attached. All of the following symptoms could indicate dental implant failure, and if you notice any of them, be sure to call us right away:
If we can catch a failed dental implant early enough, Dr. Tindal might be able to treat it without even having to remove the implant. In that case, dental implant salvage could be as simple as performing a deep cleaning to target the infection. However, it’s more likely that by the time you notice something is amiss, you’re going to need more extensive treatment. We may have to remove the implant altogether, address the root cause of failure, and consider beginning the dental implant process all over again. Whatever the case may be, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way!