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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Midland, TX

Save Your New Smile

Woman rubbing jaw in pain in need of dental implant salvage in Midland, TX

With a 95% success rate, dental implants are considered an extremely reliable treatment. But that doesn’t mean that failure isn’t a possibility. There are certain circumstances that might force us to remove or replace implants in order to protect your newly restored smile. It’s important to be able to recognize the potential causes of implant failure, notice the symptoms of said failure, and seek appropriate treatments when necessary. Call Dr. Christensen and Dr. Drisdale right away if you are concerned about the health of your dental implant.

Why Choose John K. Drisdale D.M.D. for Dental Implant Salvage?

  • Two Highly Experienced Dentists
  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Emergency Appointments Available

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Signs of infection and bone loss around the dental implant

Oftentimes when dental implants fail, the cause lies in an infection called peri-implantitis. This can be thought of as a type of gum disease that forms around dental implant posts. When bacteria invade the tissues around the implant, they can cause the jawbone and gums to break down. This eventually causes the post to come loose, resulting in an implant failure. Per-implantitis can occur for a number of reasons, but it’s frequently a result of poor oral hygiene.

There are other possible reasons for implants to fail. For example, physical trauma could end up damaging the implant post as well as the jaw. In some cases, osseointegration could fail altogether, meaning the implant never joins with the jawbone. There are even medical conditions (such as cancer) that could compromise the body’s ability to bond with and support implants.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Man sitting at desk rubbing his jaw in pain

Dental implant failure can happen shortly after placement, but it can also occur years later after osseointegration is already complete. Common signs of early or late implant failure include:

  • Unusual that goes beyond the soreness that is typically experienced after implant surgery. Call if the pain around your implant never gets better or suddenly grows worse.
  • An implant post that has become loose. Sometimes it’s just the restoration that’s moving around, but if the post itself has become mobile, it means that osseointegration has failed.
  • Bleeding, swelling, and pus that could point to a possible infection.
  • Difficulty chewing your food. The stability of dental implants should let you eat virtually anything without an issue, so if you find you have a problem eating certain foods, let us know right away.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Female dental patient awaiting dental implant salvage in Midland, TX

When you come into our office regarding an issue with your dental implants, we’ll talk to you about your symptoms and give your mouth a thorough examination. How the treatment goes from there depends on the underlying issue and how severe it is. In some cases, it’s still possible to save the dental implant; for example, an infection can be treated with a deep cleaning and antibiotics before it compromises the post. In other cases, the implant might have to be removed altogether so that a bone graft or another advanced procedure can be performed. A new dental implant might be placed once your mouth is healthy again.