Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Landrum, SC
Save Your Restored Smile
Dental implants are consistently successful; they do well in more than 95% of cases. However, that does still leave a small chance that something will go wrong. If you ever suspect that something is not quite right with your new teeth, get in touch with our Landrum dental team right away. We will carefully evaluate the situation and recommend your next steps. Our goal is to perform dental implant salvage and save your restored smile!
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
An infection known as peri-implantitis is the leading cause of dental implant failure. It occurs when harmful bacteria are allowed to accumulate around an implant and attack the tissue that is supporting it. Often, missteps in oral hygiene are a big contributing factor to peri-implantitis, although other circumstances can also play a role in its development.
Other possible causes of dental implant failure include:
- Physical trauma, such as that caused by an accident or teeth grinding and clenching.
- Failed osteointegration (failure of the body to bond with an implant).
- Underlying medical conditions, such as some types of cancer.
Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant
Dental implant failure can occur at any time. Whether you just got your implants or you have had them for years, you should always be alert for signs and symptoms that indicate a problem.
Here are some red flags that mean you should schedule an appointment with a qualified dentist:
- Severe or unusual pain. Severe or prolonged pain around an implant is not normal and should be addressed by a professional.
- Signs of infection. Swelling, pus, redness, and receding gums are all indications that an infection may be present.
- Difficulty eating. After you adapt to using your implants, it should be easy for you to consume virtually any food. Challenges in this area can mean that something is wrong.
- A loose-feeling implant. In some cases, an implant feels loose because the restoration on top of it requires repair or replacement. In other instances, though, there is a problem with the implant itself.
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
Schedule an appointment with us as soon as you believe something is not right with your implants. The earlier you receive care, the more likely it is that the situation can be addressed with conservative means.
During your appointment, we will examine your mouth and determine the cause of the problem. From there, we will recommend your next steps. You might need something as simple as a course of antibiotics or a new restoration. However, there is also the possibility that you will need to get your implant removed. After a healing period, you may be able to get a new one.