Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Boston

Keep Your Replacement Tooth!

Woman with a painful tooth at the dentist

One of the amazing benefits of dental implants is the fact that they have a success rate of over 95%! However, dental implant failure is still possible and happens on rare occasions. If you have any concerns regarding your dental implant, don’t hesitate to contact us. By reaching out quickly, we can examine the area and may be able to save your replacement tooth with dental implant salvage treatment. Continue reading to learn more about dental implant failure and what we can do about it.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The most common reason behind dental implant failure is a condition called “peri-implantitis.” This occurs when bacteria and infection destroy the connective tissue from around the implant and weaken the supporting jawbone structure. In most scenarios, this is due to poor oral hygiene and gum disease that’s been left without treatment. Other factors that can contribute to dental implant failure include injury, failed osseointegration, and some medical conditions, like uncontrolled diabetes.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Woman with a toothache

Dental implant failure doesn’t only occur immediately after dental implant placement. It can also occur many years after you’ve had your dental implants. Here are some common symptoms of dental implant failure to be on the lookout for:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Gum recession surrounding the implant
  • Loose dental implant
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Gum inflammation

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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If you are concerned that there is something wrong with your dental implants, give us a call. We are happy to thoroughly examine your smile and discuss the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing. After this, we will put together a treatment plan to restore the health of your smile. Several treatment methods could be necessary. The most common ways that we address dental implant failure include thorough deep cleanings, antibiotic treatment, and other infection control methods. The faster we are able to address the issue, the more likely that we can save your replacement tooth.