Will Your Dental Implant Fail?
If you're considering dental implants, the last thing you want to hear about is the possibility of them failing.
Don't worry, even though dental implant failure does happen, it is very rare.
And it's usually due to no fault of your dental surgeon.
Even if a dental surgeon took every precaution, and used the most innovative techniques along with the latest technologies, failure is still possible.
Failures don't happen because your body rejects it. Dental implant failures occur due to your general health as well as the process of the surgery or your post-operation care.
In the article below, we will take a look at why some dental implants fail, and what you can do to keep yours from failing.
- How an Implant Is Made
- How To Tell If Your Implant Is Failing
- Typical Causes of Implant Failure
- Treating a Failed Dental Implant
- Ensure Your Success
- Contact Hylan Dental Care
Implants are made up of three parts; a titanium body that is inserted into the bone, an attachment called an abutment, and a crown that is fixed to the abutment that aligns with your natural teeth.
Issues typically develop when one of the three parts becomes loose or broken.
Implants are made out of metal, but it's a biological process that allows them to function along with your natural teeth.
The process is called osseointegration, and in it, your body produces live bone cells that grow around the implant surface and anchor it to your jawbone.
Over time, the healthy bone will continue to surround the implant.
If osseointegration doesn't happen as it should, it can occasionally cause problems after the implant is inserted.
Whether from a chronic disease, inconsistent oral hygiene, or if osseointegration doesn't happen, you are likely to feel severe pain around your implants.
Your gums can also become swollen or inflamed, or your implant could feel loose.
The main sign is often mobility. You might not notice it at first, but over time, an implant that has failed to integrate will feel wobbly and could move when you eat or talk.
If your implant has completely failed, it will move all of the time.
If your dentist notices that your implant is moving, they will usually order an x-ray so they can observe your bone growth.
An x-ray of a failed implant will likely show significant loss of bone around the metal portion.
While failed osseointegration is the leading cause of dental implant failure, there are several other reasons failure could occur.
Among them are:
- Certain medications
- Poor implant placement
- Pre Existing medical conditions like cancer
- Gum disease
- Inadequate jawbone
- Inconsistent oral hygiene practices
- Teeth grinding
People who have chronic health conditions like cancer and diabetes could have a higher risk of implant failure.
This is why, especially if you have pre-existing conditions, you need to be vigilant with your oral hygiene.
Gum disease can also cause an implant to fail, which is another reason you will really need to keep up with your oral hygiene.
Because your jawbone supports the tooth and the implant fuses with your jaw, an inadequate jawbone for the implant to adhere too can also cause failure.
Your dentist will evaluate you beforehand to be sure your jawbone can handle the procedure.
Poor placement by the surgeon could also cause your implant to fail.
The operation requires someone properly trained and experienced, who will take the time to get to know you and your situation before moving ahead with the procedure.
Luckily, failed implants can be easily removed with local anesthesia.
If your dentist determines that the implant needs to be replaced, they will take it out and clean the surrounding area.
If your bone is intact, a bone graft won't be necessary.
If there is bone loss, however, your dentist might opt to place a bone graft to improve the site for replacing the implant.
You will likely need to heal from the bone graft for several months before a new implant can be placed.
While you heal, your dentist will go over several ways you can reduce the risk factors that lead to your implant failing.
Quitting smoking or waiting for a course of cancer treatment to finish can help ensure the success of your implant.
Before your procedure, you should have an open conversation with your dentist about any risk factors that might limit the success of your implant.
A change in your medical condition or medications can affect healing and osseointegration, so let your dentist know if there are any changes to your health or medication regime while your implant is settling.
Keeping up good oral hygiene is the most important thing you can do to make sure your implants are successful.
Brushing twice daily, flossing, and washing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help keep your gums healthy and bacteria while your dental implant settles into place.
Although it's infrequent, dental implants can fail.
However, dental implants are typically very successful, allowing people to regain their smiles.
If you've been thinking about getting dental implants, don't let the small chance of failure keep you from getting them.
The majority of people with dental implants absolutely love them and would do the procedure all over again if they had to.
And, you probably know someone with dental implants without even realizing it because they blend in with natural teeth amazingly.
If you're ready to get started with your dental implants, contact Hylan Dental Care today.
They've helped countless people regain their smiles using dental implants, and they're prepared to help you today.
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