Revitalizing Smiles After Implant Failure
Many patients know that dental implants are the best available option to replace missing teeth and rejuvenate their smiles. But what options are available in the event of dental implant failure? The Queens dental practice of Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel has helped many patients regenerate bone tissue and replace their implants. Even when other doctors have overloaded the implant or caused damage to the surrounding tissue during placement, our dentists have achieved successful outcomes and returned function and aesthetics to our patents' smiles. If you have suffered dental implant failure and would like to learn more about how our doctors can help, please contact our practice to make an appointment.
Causes of Dental Implant Failure
A dental implant is considered to fail if it moves around, falls out of place, or results in more than one mm of bone loss after the first year. All of these conditions are the result of failed osseointegration, but can be caused by several factors:
- Peri-implantitis - This condition is a type of infection that results from harmful bacteria being present during your placement surgery, or developing anytime after due to a lack of proper oral hygiene. More rarely, it can be caused by the dental cement used to secure the restoration to the implant. In some cases, the binding agent migrates to the gum tissue.
- Nerve and Tissue Damage - If a dental implant is placed too close to a nerve, it can result in chronic pain or numbness that can only be corrected by removing the titanium screw. Surrounding gum tissue can also be compromised during the placement surgery.
- Overloading the Implant - Immediate-load or same-day dental implants are only appropriate for the right candidates, but some dentists will try to place them for anyone that wants them. Because the implant has not had sufficient time to integrate with the bone, the pressure from eating and chewing can disrupt the healing process.
- Foreign Body Rejection - Similar to other surgeries which feature an implant of some type, it is possible for a patient's body to refuse the titanium screw, and force it out of its placement.
- Breakage - Although it is very rare because dental implants are made of titanium, it is possible for the post to bend or break if it is subjected to excessive pressure.
In addition, lifestyle factors, like smoking or teeth grinding, can threaten the success of your implant.
Restoring Your Oral Health
Our doctors take great care during dental implant placement surgery to protect against failure. In the case that an implant has failed due to insufficient tissue, we can perform bone grafting to regenerate enough tissue to support the implant.Your dentist will perform periodic check-ups to monitor the healing process and perform a replacement procedure when the area has had sufficient time to recover. Our doctors have achieved great success rates and an unparalleled safety record.
Contact Our Office
If you have had a dental implant fail and would like to have an experienced dentist help you plan a replacement procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.