Four Top Causes of Dental Implant Failure

By Dr. Damon on August 11, 2017

Dental implant supporting a crownDental implants provide patients experiencing tooth loss a superior option to restoring the smile. Our doctors can perform your dental implant procedure in-office at our Fort Worth, TX practice. At Texas Dental Center, when possible, we place same-day restorations to provide immediate restoration of your smile. Because dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, it is imperative that they are given adequate time to heal and fuse with surrounding tissue. If dental implants fail, it can lead to additional surgeries and costly procedures.

At our practice, we do our best to provide you with the tools necessary to achieve desirable results. After your procedure, you will be given aftercare instructions to follow to assist you in your recovery and prevent dental implant failure. Below are the four top causes of dental implant failure and how to prevent them. Knowing these in advance can help you adequately prepare.

Infection or Allergic Reaction

Once an incision is made in your mouth, it places you at risk for bacteria from entering your bloodstream. This is why it’s important to follow a healthy oral hygiene regimen before, during, and after your procedure to prevent plaque build-up and bacteria from developing. This will involve using gentle brushing techniques and rinsing you mouth with a medicated mouthwash. You can also use a waterpik to flush food and other debris from under and around your restoration.

In other cases, the body may reject the implant due to an allergic reaction to the materials used. If you know that you have an allergy to titanium, please speak with the dentist in advance about other materials available to avoid an allergic reaction.

Inadequate Bone Density

For dental implants to be successful, they require a healthy amount of bone density. Often, bone degeneration can occur when a significant period has passed after tooth loss. When this happens, it can weaken your jawbone and increase your chances for dental implant failure.

Certain preliminary procedures, such as bone grafting can be performed in advance to improve your outcome. During your consultation, the doctor will perform a thorough examination of your jawbone to determine if preliminary procedures are necessary. Although they add to the overall treatment timeline and cost, they can prevent dental implant failure.

Nerve and Tissue Damage

When implants are placed too closely to a nerve, it can cause permanent damage to the surrounding tissue. Side effects can include chronic pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and dental implant failure. This is generally the result of poor treatment planning and an inexperienced doctor. Choosing a skilled dentist with high patient satisfaction and success rates can significantly reduce your risks.

Sinus Problems

For dental implants placed on the upper jaw, your sinuses can contribute to the success rate of your implant placement procedure. If the doctor determines there is insufficient bone density or inadequate spacing, he or she may recommend a sinus lift.

During the procedure, an incision is made in the upper jaw, the sinus membrane is lifted, and bone tissue is inserted. After about a two to three month healing period, the bone tissue will regenerate and create a firm foundation for the implant.

Even if you have sufficient jawbone density, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, this can cause sinus infections, colds, and other sinus complications. When the sinuses are inflamed, it can prevent the implant from fusing to the surrounding tissue.

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