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Failed Dental Implants – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

What to Do If New Teeth Fail

When Can Dental Implants Fail?

Implant pain

There are two categories for dental implant failure: early and late. Early failure occurs within the first three or four months after surgery and it normally means that the implant did not fuse with the bone as it is supposed to. However, failure is still possible even after the implant has become part of the body and has been topped with a restoration; it may happen after six months, or it could even be years later. Basically, issues with your dental implants can happen at any time, so it’s important to pay close attention to them and call Dr. Geach as soon as you realize that something is wrong.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implant in jaw

Early Failure

  • Poor bone quality and quantity. It is very important that there is adequate height and width of bone for placement of the implant.
  • Medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, use of corticosteroids and bisphosphonate medications.
  • Research shows that implant failures are 2 times more likely to occur in smokers compared to non-smokers.
  • Lack of stability of the implant. Small movements of the implant immediately after placement can disrupt the healing process leading to failure.
  • Inadequate surgical techniques. Overheating the bone during implant placement can compromise the bone healing into the implant. Inadequate bone grafting procedures can also compromise healing.

Late Failure

  • Peri-implantitis. This is a gum infection that breaks down the bone supporting the implant.
  • Excessive stress on the implant. It is very important that the bite is level and even with the opposing teeth to avoid excessive forces on the implant tooth.
  • Poor design of the prosthetic parts that fit into the implant(s). If the tooth or bridge that was designed to fit into the implant(s) has improper fit - this can lead to fracture of the teeth, screws that hold the teeth, or the even the implant(s).

What are the Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants?

Pain in jaw

If you notice inflammation, redness, pus around the implant, loose teeth on the implants, pain, or difficulty chewing, you might be suffering from dental implant failure.

What Lifestyle Factors Affect the Risk of Dental Implant Failure?

Of course, there are some decisions that can lead to implant failure. Smoking, for example, affects the body’s ability to heal and leaves you more vulnerable to an infection. Also, poor oral hygiene and not following postoperative instructions can have a negative impact on your implants.

My Dental Implant Failed – What Do I Do Now?

Dr. Geach will examine you if you’ve been noticing issues with your implants. Some problems can be treated with improved oral hygiene and/or antibiotics. Implant failure will likely require removal of the dental implant. In these cases, the dental implant is removed and the site is allowed to heal. After adequate healing, the area can be prepared for a new implant. This might require additional bone grafting to create enough height and width of bone to accept a new implant.