In some cases, dental implants fail and must be replaced to save the restoration. These cases, though not frequent, must be handled with extreme precision to ensure a successful dental implant replacement.
When Do You Need a Dental Implant Replacement?
Patients who require a dental implant replacement will typically become aware of the need quickly. Several symptoms will alert you that there is an issue with your dental woodworking:
• Severe pain and discomfort where the implant is located;
• Feeling that your implant is loose or moving;
• Swelling around the gums.
Why You Would Need To Replace An Implant
A failed dental implant can be devastating at first, and costly, especially if the procedure took a great deal of time to get fitted. There are several reasons why a dental implant may fail after placement:
• Stress or trauma from injury to the mouth;
• Nerve or tissue damage;
• Bone loss around the area of the implant;
• Sinus issues (if the implant is located in the back of the mouth);
• Fractures of the implant screw or cap;
• Infection of the area surrounding the implant;
• Natural body rejection of the implant;
• Malfunctioning implant materials.
How A Dental Implant Replacement is Performed
The course of treatment your dentist chooses for your implant replacement will depend on why the procedure failed. Here are the most common implant replacement procedures you could face if your implant fails.
• Cracks or Breaks:In the case where an implant breaks, but there is no damage done to the jawbone, a replacement will not require a major operation.
• Osseointegration: This is one of the most common reasons for a failed implant. If you are experiencing issues with this process, your dentist may choose to solve the problem using one of two possible solutions depending on your level of bone loss.
• Infection: If your dental implant fails because of infection, your dentist will need to remove the implant and infected areas before a new implant can be placed.
How To Prevent A Failed Implant
There are several ways you can prevent your implant from failing before needing to explore the option of a dental implant replacement.
• Good Oral Hygiene: Practicing proper oral hygiene is the most effective preventative measure you can take in maintaining your dental implant. Make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day and using an antibacterial mouthwash to remove food particles from tough-to-reach spaces.
• Healthy Diet: A balanced diet is essential for maintaining the health of your existing teeth and dental implant. By cutting out hard candies and sticky foods, you can avoid the risk of cracking or damaging your implant.
• Six-Month Visits: Before and after you receive your dental implant, it is essential to visit your dentist for your six-month checkups. These appointments will monitor for any dental concerns that could damage the implant and cause the procedure to fail.
Dental implants remain the most durable and natural restoration options for teeth, but they are not unbreakable. If you have questions on how to prevent a failed procedure – or if you think you might need a dental implant replacement – call our office today to schedule a consultation.