Dental implants have quickly become the safest, healthiest way to replace a damaged tooth. Part of the popularity comes from their discreet look- a dental implant is the closest match you will find to the appearance of a natural tooth. You can eat, drink, and smile confidently, knowing that your teeth are secure.
Dental implants are also incredibly effective. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that over 98% of implants will successfully bond to a jawbone. However, with improper care, there are rare instances of failure. This is why it is incredibly important to have your implant placed by an experienced dentist, and to follow good oral hygiene practices after the procedure.
Here are the most common causes of dental implant failure:
· Failed Osseointegration – If the implant seems loose after placement, or has even fallen out of the patient’s mouth, that is a sign of failed osseointegration. When the jawbone does not fuse properly together with an implant, it may seem to move or wobble. This can happen if a dentist does not properly position the implant when placing it. It can also happen through excessive force to the implant, or overloading. If you grind or clench your teeth, it is important to sleep in a nightguard to protect the implant.
· Peri-Implantitis – Peri-Implantitis is a serious infection which forms around the implant and can spread throughout a patient’s gums. This infection is a direct result of poor oral hygiene after dental implant surgery. If a patient does not take care of their teeth, gums and implants, they can see implant failure.
· Nerve and tissue damage – This complication should be relatively easy for a patient to spot. If nerve or tissue damage is present, patients can experience pain, tingling, or numbness in their gums, tongue, cheek, chin, or lips. This usually happens almost immediately after the procedure, and does not subside. This is typically due to an inexperienced dentist placing the implant too close to a nerve ending. To avoid nerve and tissue damage, seek an experienced professional who has great patient reviews and a solid track record of implant placement.
Remember, the vast majority of implants are successful, and see little to no complications. However, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of implant failure, so that you can immediately contact your dentist.
To do your part in preventing dental implant failure, you should visit your dentist regularly and attend all follow-up appointments. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet, and keep your mouth clean. The best way to prevent dental implant failure happens before the procedure even begins: find a dentist who is experienced in dental implants.
It is important to remember that when done properly, getting a dental implant is an easy, seamless process. Here at Advanced Dental Arts, we have performed hundreds of dental implant procedures and produced countless beautiful smiles – just ask our happy patients! Contact us today for a successful start to your dental implant journey!