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What if My Implant Fails?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’re considering getting your first dental implant, then it’s natural to feel a little skeptical about the outcome. But with an overall success rate of over 98%, a dental implant is one of the most reliable dental treatments available for replacing missing teeth. As long as you’ve carefully planned ahead, then there is little reason to doubt your implant will be a success.

A dental implant is the most permanent tooth replacement option you could ever choose. Once you get your implant, it should be with you for life.

Reasons an Implant Could Fail

If an implant falls out or heals incorrectly, it’s often due to something that could have been anticipated or avoided.

Such reasons include:

  • Smoking (slows healing)
  • A poor immune system or disease such as diabetes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth-grinding / bruxism
  • Weak or insufficient bone around the implant site

Very rarely will an implant inexplicably not “take root.” Your dentist will carefully monitor the surgical site for months after the procedure. If the implant site isn’t responding properly, the prosthesis can be removed and replaced later on.

With careful preparation and planning, a good dentist will place a very secure implant restoration the first time with no issues.

Do Your Part

Complications with dental implants typically come up long after an implant is placed. This means that an implant is more likely to fail as a result of how you treat it rather than because of the surgery itself.

Good hygiene and regular maintenance appointments should be sufficient to keep your implant thriving and strong. Contact your doctor for more information on making a success of your implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955


Restoring Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best therapies for tooth replacement available. Unfortunately they also have the ability to suffer damaged restorations or abutments that require restoration. Injuries or chronic grinding have the potential at chipping away porcelain or causing other types of fractures. Thankfully, implant roots are extremely stable and can typically be restored very easily.

Implant restorations typically involve replacing the abutment, crown, bridge, or denture that is supported by the implant root. You do not necessarily have to see an implant specialist for these services, but knowing what type of implant and abutment was used in your initial placement will help the dentist that is restoring your dental implants. Different types of abutments are available on the market, so finding the one that fits is important; Most abutments simply screw right back into the implant root.

Making a new restoration simply involves taking an impression of the implant abutment as well as the teeth around it. This impression is then used to create a model of your mouth that is sent to the dental laboratory. There, a custom prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or denture will be made to fit around your existing implant as well as in alignment with your natural teeth. Size, shape, and color options can all be customized as needed. Within about 2 weeks, your new prosthesis will be ready to be placed inside of your mouth. At this visit, the lab-manufactured prosthetic will be tried onto your abutment and then cemented or snapped into place (depending on the type of treatment being used.)

You’ve already invested a lot in your dental implants. Don’t let a broken one go to waste! Schedule your straight-forward, implant restoration visit as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



When Dental Implants Fail

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are a successful way to provide predictable smile restoration and rehabilitation to the mouth. Unfortunately, there are times when dental implants can also fail, creating the need for removal or re-treatment. Here are some common reasons that implants fail after they have been placed:

Inadequate bone support

Bone is necessary to hold the implant into place. If there is not enough bone, a graft may be needed to help bone be rebuilt. Or, a dentist may use computer guided implant placement to arrange the position of the implant so that it maximizes what bone is present. Placing an implant in very shallow bone may result in mobility or loss of the implant. 

Infection around the implant

Abscesses, cysts, and infections can develop around newly placed implants. This may be due to the implant being placed without proper sterilization techniques, into an infected area, or in a way that damages facial nerves. Typically, the infection will be visible on an x-ray. Milder infections around the implant that are similar to gingivitis may be treated with an antibiotic or prescription mouthrinse. 

Rupture of the nasal sinuses

Implant roots extend just as far into the bone as a normal tooth root. Sometimes when teeth have been missing, the lining of the nasal sinuses will drop into the area. It is necessary to perform a sinus lift before placing an implant here, because there is a potential for the implant to puncture the sinus lining.

It’s important to choose an implant provider that has the experience and skill needed to provide long-term, successful implant therapy. Ask about your dentist’s training and experience with implants.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry



Restoring Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

As with any type of dental treatment, there is always the risk of your restorations wearing out over time or becoming compromised due to trauma or infection. Dental implants are designed to last for a very long time, but some people do occasionally require their implants to be restored, specifically the porcelain crown on top of the implant, or the abutment.

Porcelain is known to occasionally fracture or slough off of the base when excessive forces such as grinding or biting a hard object occur. Because crowns cannot simply have more material added to the base, a new crown will be necessary when damage is significant. Mild areas typically do not compromise the tooth but may be slightly irritating. Your dentist can usually smooth these areas down for you. If a new porcelain crown is needed, an impression will be taken of the abutment the same way a traditional crown is made. The final mold is sent to a dental laboratory where your restoration is created, and the permanent crown is cemented to the abutment approximately 2 weeks later at a very short appointment.

Should your abutment break, replacement can vary in how simple or difficult the procedure is. Some abutments easily screw out from within the titanium implant, while others break off inside of the root and take skilled efforts to remove. Once the broken abutment is taken out, a new abutment is installed and a new crown is necessary.

If you’ve had problems with previous dental implant treatments, call your dentist to schedule an assessment and necessary restorative treatments. Implants are considered one of the best means of tooth replacement possible, so taking advantage of an already existing healthy implant root can be very beneficial to your smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Implant Restoration

Posted in Dental Implants

As with any dental restoration, there is always a possibility of a problem or failure down the road. Dental implants are no exception, and while rare, they may also require times where additional care is given to restore areas such as a crown or abutment that has come out or fractured.

Most dentists are able to restore dental implants, as it is a very simple process. Because the more advanced stage of implant care has already been completed and the titanium root is still in place, typical implant restoration usually involves the placement of a new crown or finding a properly fitting abutment for areas that may have broken or failed.

Each type of dental implant uses a unique form of abutment and screw, which is what supports the crown. Finding the properly fitting screw and abutment is typically the key factor when repairing a broken implant. Once the right size and model of restoration is needed, a new crown can be made for your implant the same way that it would be made for another tooth. An impression of the restored abutment is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, which matches the crown shape and color to fit properly in line with your other teeth. About 2 weeks later your permanent crown will be ready for delivery and permanently affixed to your implant abutment.

Implant specialists as well as general dentists can support patients who have had a failed implant or problem with the fit of the crown. As long as the bone structure and support of the titanium post is still within a healthy range, restoring the rest of the implant is typically not a problem at all.

Posted on the behalf of Pure Dental Health


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