Four Top Causes of Dental Implant Failure

By Dr. Damon on August 11, 2017

Dental implant supporting a crown

Dental implants provide patients experiencing tooth lossa superior option to restoring the smile. Our doctors can perform your dental implant procedure in-office at our Richardson, TXpractice. At Texas Dental Center, when possible, we place same-day restorations to provide immediate restoration of your smile. An example of this is same day Permanent Smiles with the All on Four or placing a temporary crown on your newly placed implant. Dental implants have a 98.5% success rate, but sometimes implants fail. 

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 failureand how to prevent them. Knowing these in advance can help you adequately protect your investment in dental implants..

Top Cause: Unhealthy Patients

Let’s face it, patients today are living longer but with longer life comes more health issues that pile up. Health issues that can affect long term success of dental implants only do so when multiple issues are combined in one patient. For example a patient that has osteoporosis can retain dental implants for their life, however a diabetic with osteoporosis, taking steroids, who happens to be a heavy alcohol user may have a higher risk of dental implant failure. In that patient, the host is just more unhealthy. So if you do have multiple conditions you need to maintain your conditions as best as you can.

Use of small or short dental implants

Dental implants are attached to the bone, and the more bone they are attached to the better. Therefore, the more surface area the better! - We can achieve a much better surface area with wider dental implants and longer dental implants. Mini - Dental implants have a much higher failure rate and, in our office, they are only used temporarily most of the time. In fact there are studies where mini implants do not osseointegrate! 

Peri-implantitis

This is similar to gum disease, but just on dental implants. There are a few contributing factors that put these patients at risk- 

  • Patients who have some natural teeth that are infected with periodontal disease
  • Lack of dental hygiene and not seeing the dental hygiene team on a regular basis.

For patients with severe periodontal disease of their teeth, we often do not recommend implants in this patient, unless we are going to remove all teeth. Removing all of the teeth rids the mouth and the body of periodontal disease. 

 

Contact Our Office

If you are interested in restoring your smile with dental implants and an implant-supported restoration, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Call our Richardson, TX office at 972 808 6008

 

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