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Dental Implant Failure – San Antonio, TX

Salvaging Your New Tooth

Dental implants have a very high success rate of 95% to 98%, but unfortunately it is still possible for the procedure to fail if the area around the implant becomes damaged or fails to integrate with the post correctly. At New Image Dentistry, we can try and perform a dental implant salvage procedure to try and correct the problem while still letting you enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported tooth. Contact us right away if you notice signs that your implant might not be functioning as it should.


Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Holding a dental implant

Dental implants join with your bone thanks to a process called osseointegration. If something happens that prevents osseointegration from occurring as it should, your dental implants will fail. Causes of failure include:

  • Excessive Stress: While dental implants can transfer some stress to the surrounding bone, putting more stress on the implant than it can handle will result in implant failure.
  • Bite Problems: If your jaw or teeth are misaligned, the incorrect bite won’t correctly distribute the forces of chewing throughout the mouth, thus putting too much stress on the implant.
  • Teeth Grinding: Many people grind their teeth at night due to stress; you may need a night guard to protect your implant post.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Untreated gum disease leads to bone loss, which in turn can stop successful osseointegration.

In some cases, dental implants can fail shortly after they’re placed. Late dental implant failure is also a possibility.


Symptoms of Dental Implant Failure

Tooth pain

One of the most obvious signs that a dental implant has not correctly joined with the jaw is if the post is loose, shifts around in its socket, or comes out altogether. There are other possible symptoms as well that might signify early or late dental implant failure, such as:

  • Severe, persistent pain or discomfort around the area
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Receding gums around your dental implant
  • Difficulties chewing and biting with the implant-retained prosthetic

Possible dental implant failure needs to be addressed quickly to protect your dental health and give us the best chance for a successful salvage.


How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Dental Implant Model

If the underlying cause of dental implant failure is bone loss (that is, there was not enough density in the jaw), we can try and correct the issue via soft tissue reattachment or an osseous reattachment procedure.

Patients with a form of gum disease need to have the infection treated before we can try and reattach the implant. We’ll often recommend periodontal therapy to remove any tartar buildup from the affected area. Depending on the situation, we may be able to try to place the implant post right away, but in other cases we must allow some time for healing to occur.  

The good news is that the success rate for dental implant salvage is becoming higher and higher. Nevertheless, it’s important that the complex treatment be performed by an expert you can trust. At New Image Dentistry, we will do everything we can to let you ultimately keep your implants.