Dental implants boast an impressive success rate of over 95%. However, due to certain unfortunate circumstances, they can fail. While you should not be excessively worried that will happen to you, you should always monitor your new teeth. If you ever notice that something is amiss, call us right away. Our Agawam l team will carefully evaluate the situation and come up with a dental implant salvage treatment plan to get your restored smile back on track as soon as possible.
The most common reason for dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis. Basically, it is a form of gum disease that occurs when harmful bacteria attack the tissue around the dental implants. Eventually, this can weaken an implant’s base of support so much that it is no longer secure in the mouth. Often, poor oral hygiene is a major contributor to peri-implantitis.
Other possible causes of dental implant failure include:
Dental implant failure can occur at any time, even months or years after the initial placement surgery. Therefore, you should always be alert to indications that something is off with your prosthetic teeth. Here are some signs that you should seek professional care right away:
Book an appointment with us as soon as you suspect that something is not right with your implants. The earlier you receive care, the more likely it is that the problem can be addressed via conservative means.
After we thoroughly examine your mouth, we will recommend your next steps. You might need something simple, such as a new restoration, a course of antibiotics, or prescription mouthwash. However, it is also possible that surgical intervention will be necessary. We might need to completely remove the failing implant, rid your mouth of infections, and perform a bone graft. Later, after a recovery period, you may be able to get a new implant.