Dental implants have one of the highest success rates in dentistry, averaging between 95 and 98 percent when placed by a professional. That means in most cases, you can replace your teeth reliably. However, if the implants posts do not properly attach to the supporting bone and gum tissue, which can happen for a variety of reasons, they can fail. Dr. Ricci and Dr. Mauck can help you salvage your implants in the event they do not properly heal. If you want to learn more about dental implant salvage, keep reading or give our office a call!
One of the most common causes of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, which leads to inflammation around the implant post. This can occur due to poor oral hygiene or infections that develop around the implant, typically soon after placement. Furthermore, those who smoke or use tobacco during the healing process can experience serious bone loss. This is what leads to the tooth becoming significantly loose and eventually falling out. If your implant was not placed properly, it may never heal correctly as well.
The earliest signs of implant failure, which generally occur within the first three to four months after placement, include infection at the implant site, micro-movements (your implant should not be moving whatsoever), and allergic reactions to the alloys used (in this case titanium.)
An implant can fail years after placement if your mouth rejects the implant. This can be accompanied by swelling around the implant site, fever, and chills. The implant can also experience severe looseness and lack stability.
The process for dental implant salvage really depends on what caused your implant failure in the first place. If there is bone loss present, we’ll need to renew fusion of the bone through re-osseointegration. In this instance, a soft tissue reattachment or osseous reattachment is performed. If peri-implantitis is present, we need to remove the implant post entirely and clean away all tartar buildup from the area. This process is known as debridement. A growth factor is then placed into the socket to aid regeneration. You may need to wait for the area to heal before an implant can be placed again.
Thankfully, treatments designed to save/salvage dental implants are becoming increasingly available. Of course, you’ll want a professional to be handling your retreatment. Dr. Ricci, Dr. Mauck and their team are more than happy to answer your questions, get you out of pain, and replace your missing tooth!