Dental implants boast an impressive success rate. In fact, they do well in over 95% of cases. However, that does leave the slight chance that something will go wrong with your new teeth. If you ever believe that all is not right with your implants, contact our Costa Mesa team right away. We will carefully examine your mouth so we can develop a dental implant salvage plan to get your smile’s health back on track.
The most common reason for dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria sneak beneath the gumline and attack the tissue around an implant. Often, it arises due to missteps in oral hygiene. However, other factors can also play a strong role in its development.
Aside from peri-implantitis, other possible reasons for dental implant failure include:
Dental implant failure can occur at any time, whether it is weeks, months, or even years after the initial placement surgery. Therefore, you should always monitor your smile for signs that something is not right.
You should seek professional care if you notice any of the following:
Make an appointment with us as soon as you notice that something is wrong with your implants. The earlier you receive care, the more likely it is that we will be able to address the problem without extensive or invasive treatment.
In some cases, we can prevent implant failure via thorough oral hygiene and antibiotics. It is also possible that you will need a new restoration. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to completely removing a failing implant. Later, after a healing period and a possible bone graft, we may be able to insert a new implant so you can get back to enjoying a complete and strong smile.