Causes Of Implant Failure
At Peninsula Prosthodontics, we do our utmost to make sure you get the dental maintenance and care you need to overcome problems like cavities, tooth gaps, infected teeth, and more. While there are numerous tools and surgeries we can employ to correct for dental issues like these, proper hygienic maintenance of your mouth afterwards is just as important for making sure that the treatments last. Dental implants are one of those tools that can help restore your smile with replacement teeth, and learning about how they can fail can enable you to possibly avoid the same fate for your implants.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that functions similar to one of your tooth roots. During oral surgery, we can place one of these posts directly into your jawbone and underneath the gum line. This allows us to affix the implant to a firm surface that will guarantee that whatever we put on top of it does not move unexpectedly or come loose. Though traditional dental bridges can have negative effects on your oral health because of how they anchor on nearby teeth, dental implants provide all the support you need on their own with no problem. None of your adjacent teeth will need to be ground down to keep the new tooth or teeth in place.
What Causes An Implant To Fail?
There are a wide variety of reasons why a dental implant can fail. Short-term failures usually stem from systemic factors such as uncontrolled diabetes, limited bone density, gum disease, routine smoking, or poor oral hygiene. This can lead to osseointegration, a failure of your bone to heal in the way we would like. Long-term failures occur later on after the implant has had a chance to integrate into your bone. The most common long-term failure is peri-implantitis, a difficult to treat problem where a chronic infection has set into your gums and the bone that supports your implant. Other long-term failures like broken screws, fractured restorations, or abutment loosening are thankfully much easier to correct.
What Are The Symptoms Of Implant Failure?
Though the reasons behind an implant failure can vary, the symptoms of such a failure are fairly easy to spot and can help tell you that you should contact us to make a remedial appointment. If the implant and the replacement tooth upon it become moveable when previously they stood firm, this is a common warning sign. Others involve bone loss, pain, bleeding, and the formation of pus around the area. Sometimes we can easily fix all this with a temporary removal of the implant and then a bone graft at the affected area, so try to let us know as soon as possible when you first detect signs that something may be wrong with your implant.
If you think that your dental implant may need looking at or you would like to learn more, call us today at (360) 328-1880.