Dental Implant Failure: What Are The Common Causes?

Dental implants have quickly become one of the healthiest and highest quality methods of replacing lost or damaged teeth. As long as they are provided with sufficient care, some dental implants may be able to last for the rest of your life.

While the failure of dental implants is extremely rare (there is a success rate of more than 95 percent), failure can still happen. It’s important that you understand failure isn’t the result of the body rejecting the dental implant because the body doesn’t create antibody-type responses—similar to that of organ transplants.

Instead, here are some of the common reasons that dental implants fail.

  • Failed Osseointegration – Osseointegration is simply another way to say that the dental implant became loose or it fell out. This occurs over several months after the device has been placed. Failure of the implant tends to occur due to the jawbone failing to properly fuse together with the dental implant. Osseointegration can occur due to overloading, incorrect positioning, insufficient bone density, sudden impact, or damage to the surrounding tissue.
  • Peri-implantitis – This refers to a specific kind of infection that forms inside the gums and around the dental implant. The infection tends to be the result of inadequate dental hygiene after the surgery, resulting in further bone loss as well as the failure of the implant.
  • Nerve and/or Tissue Damage – If an implant is positioned too close to a nerve, it is possible to experience tingling, numbness, and chronic pain in the tongue, gums, lips, cheek, and chin. The damage to the nerve may be temporary, or it may be permanent, and the dental implant may require removal. In the majority of cases, the problem is due to the implant being placed by an inexperienced dentist.

While there are numerous possibilities that can result in dental implant failure, the signs of failure remain the same. If you experience severe discomfort or pain around the area where the implant was placed, swollen or inflamed gums, or a loosened implant, then you are dealing with a failing implant.

If you have recently received a dental implant, the most effective way to keep it healthy is to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen. Keep brushing and flossing twice daily, utilize an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, avoid smoking, and avoid rough foods and hard candy.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, reach out to us here at Fountain of Youth Dental.

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