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Jul
18

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s very unusual for dental implants to fail. If you’re thinking about getting an implant, there’s no need to be paranoid. On average, 95-98% of implant procedures are successful enough to last for the life of the patient.

Here are the four biggest causes of dental implant failure:

  1. Bacterial Infection (Peri-Implantitis)

The bone around the dental implant site should be sterile. If bacteria gets in, the tissues all around the implant will get inflamed. This can cause your implant to fall out.

Keeping your mouth clean is very important to maintaining the success of your implant. Yes, dental implants need to be brushed and flossed too!

  1. Insufficient Bone Structure

If the bone beneath the gums is not sufficient for holding an implant, your new tooth won’t stay in place for long. Inadequate bone on the top half of your mouth puts the implant at risk for puncturing your sinuses.

Fortunately, you’re not likely to encounter this problem because of today’s advanced implant placement technology (like grafts or computerized placement.)

  1. The Implant Site Didn’t Heal Well After Surgery

One of the biggest causes of poor healing is disturbing the implant. Chewing on the new implant or bumping it in an accident will often prevent it from fusing with the bone. Be sure to follow your post operative instructions very carefully.

  1. Allergic Reaction or Foreign Body Rejection

Because there are usually very small traces of nickel in titanium implants, some people may not react well to them.

Just as bodies can inexplicably reject an organ transplant, there is also a slim chance your body can reject an implant.

Thanks to ever-advancing techniques, the odds of implant failure are very low. Your dentist will explain to you what diagnostic imaging and virtual planning can help you make your implant treatment successful.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

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