When faced with a failed dental implant, you may wonder what kind of hope exists for such a problem. After having them put into place, it might feel as if saving your smile is now out of the question. At Grand Dental – Wilmington, our team doesn’t give up that easily. Instead, we can offer dental implant salvage, which allows us to use specialized techniques and services to address the cause of the failure and restore your smile so that it will remain healthy and last longer. Call us to schedule an appointment or inquire further about this type of dental implant service.
There are countless reasons why a dental implant might fail. While this placement process has a 95% success rate, situations can arise that cause these permanent prosthetics to loosen, never fuse with the bone, or become damaged or infected.
The most common reason for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is a form of gum disease. Because it attacks the soft tissues surrounding natural teeth and dental implants, it can spell disaster for your new smile in the form of bone deterioration and additional tooth loss.
You may not know if one of your dental implants has failed; however, many symptoms can point to there being a serious problem. Should you discover that any of the following are occurring, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.
To fix this issue, a member of our team will first need to examine your mouth to identify the underlying cause of your implant failure. If it is caused by peri-implantitis, we will need to treat the infected area of your gums. We may be able to accomplish this without removing the post; however, depending on the severity, we may have no other option but to remove it and perform a bone graft to help rebuild that part of your jawbone.
Should your implant never fully fuse with the bone or facial trauma occur, we’ll have to remove the post and allow the area to fully heal before discussing whether replacement is the right option.
If an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or another similar health problem is the issue, you will need to meet with your local physician to discuss how you can take better care of yourself without hindering your ability to live with long-lasting dental implants.