Dental implants have become the highest-quality and healthiest method of
replacing damaged or lost teeth. When they are provided with the proper
care, some dental implants will even last the remainder of your life.
Although dental implant failure is quite rare (with a success rate of over
95 percent), it can still occur. It is important to understand that dental
implant failure is never the result of the body rejecting the implant—since
your body does not create antibody-antigen type responses similar to organ
The following are the most common causes of dental implant failure:
Failed osseointegration – Another way of saying that the implant is loose or fell out, osseointegration
occurs over the course of several months after the implant is placed.
Implant failure often results from failure of the jawbone to fuse properly
fuse together with the implant. Osseointegration can happen due to incorrect
positioning, overloading, insufficient bone density, damage to surrounding
tissue, or a sudden impact/external force.
Peri-implantitis – This is a type of infection which forms around the implant and
inside the gums. This infection is often the result of poor dental hygiene
following dental implant surgery., causing further bone loss and implant failure.
Nerve and tissue damage – When an implant is placed too close to a nerve, patients may experience
chronic pain, tingling, or numbness in their gums, tongue, cheek, chin,
or lips. The nerve damage could be either temporary or permanent and the
implant may need to be removed. In most cases, this issue is the result
of an inexperienced dentist.
Although there are several different possibilities that can lead to implant
failure, the signs remain the same. If you begin to experience severe
pain or discomfort around your dental implants, if your gums are inflamed
or swollen, or if your implant loosens, then your dental implants are failing.
If you have gotten dental implants recently, the best way to keep them
healthy is to practice optimal oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day,
use alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, avoid hard candy and rough foods,
and avoid smoking.
For more information about dental implants, contact our San Diego implant
dentist to schedule an appointment today.