When you made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you’ve made one of the best decisions you can make for your smile. We’re sure you’ve heard that dental implants have a success rate of up to 95%, so you never expected it to fail.
Unfortunately, you’re a part of that small 5%. Now that you have a failed implant, you may be a bit confused as to why it happened and how this issue can be fixed. If you’re confused about your dental implant placement, your dentist in Medina is here to help answer your questions and find a solution for you.
The Causes of Implant Failure
There are several reasons why you may experience an unfortunate dental implant failure. The most common causes are due to infection or bone loss. “Pero-implantitis” is an infection that develops around the implant within the gum tissue that surrounds it. This infection can be the result of poor oral hygiene during the healing period. Over time, it can lead to bone loss, causing you to experience a painful, loose implant.
In some cases, the implant post may fail to integrate into your jawbone. This often occurs when the procedure was performed on someone who had decreased bone density. That’s why your dentist is so adamant about making sure that you’re a fitting candidate before ever moving forward. However, in some cases, it can also result from dental trauma after the implant was surgically placed, which can also lead to a broken implant.
Get Help From Your Dentist
If you are suffering from a failed dental implant, you need immediate treatment. Your dentist will evaluate the implant to find the cause of the problem. In some cases, restoring the prosthetic is as simple as a thorough cleaning when the infection is clearly present. The damaged tissue will be removed and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. If the issue is presented promptly to your dentist and a proactive approach is taken, your dental implant can be corrected and guided onto the road to success.
If your implant is failing due to stress or trauma, you may need a bone graft to stimulate new tissue growth. This will provide more stability for your dental implant.
You Can Prevent Dental Implant Failure
The key to dental implant success is keeping your dental implant and the affected area clean. Excellent oral hygiene is critical! In addition to brushing and flossing, clean around the implants carefully and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup to prevent future problems.
Nothing is more frustrating or disappointing than having a dental implant failure. Get the help you need from your local dentist.
About Our Office
Dr. Milewski and staff take the time to get to know you and address your personal concerns, assuring your personal comfort—even when it comes to a failed dental procedure. We work hard to make sure you have a smile that functions properly and shines brightly no matter what. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact our Medina office.