When Dental Implants Fail

When dental implants fail, the resulting issues can often be corrected through treatment by an experienced doctor. There are also many measures that doctors and patients alike can take to avoid implant failure in the first place. Dr. John Rink in Charleston, SC, invites you to learn more about how to ensure the success of your treatment and what to do if you have issues with your implants.

Reasons Dental Implants Can Fail

Some of the most common reasons dental implants fail include:

  • Trauma: An impact to the face can cause implants to become loosened or dislodged.
  • Site infection: Infection can happen when patients do not take proper care of the treatment site during recovery. It can also happen if your doctor fails to take the proper precautions during treatment.
  • Poor patient health: Dr. Rink evaluates every patient to determine if they are healthy enough for dental implant surgery. Patients who have untreated gum disease, unmanaged diabetes, and other conditions must resolve these issues before dental implant surgery. Patients must also take care to maintain their health in order to experience long-term success with implants.
  • Inexperienced dental provider: Dentists should have the experience and credentials to properly evaluate candidacy and place dental implants, or be able to refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for placement. 
  • Rejection: In rare cases, the body can reject the dental implant.

If you notice signs such as red gums, bleeding gums, discharge, or a loose dental implant, call your dentist right away. 

Minimizing the Risk of Dental Implant Failure

To increase your chances of a successful dental implant surgery outcome, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Choose a reputable, well-trained dentist: When your dentist has the right training and coordinates with excellent oral surgeons, your likelihood of a successful treatment becomes much higher. Dr. Rink completed an implant dentistry fellowship with the renowned Bowman-Grey School of Medicine. He partners with a trusted local oral surgeon for placement of dental implants.
  • Stop smoking: Even if you only smoke a few cigarettes per day, you put yourself at higher risk of dental implant failure. You must stop smoking for a period before implant placement. You are more likely to avoid implant failure if you drop the habit for good.
  • Follow after-surgery care instructions: You will receive information on how to properly care for your dental implants and your oral health after your surgery. Follow these instructions as closely as possible to avoid any complications.
  • Notify your dentist of changes immediately: Never wait until problems get worse. If you notice signs such as red gums, bleeding gums, discharge, or a loose dental implant, call your dentist right away. 

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Prevention and Treatment

A number of treatments are available to prevent or address implant failure:

  • Infection treatment: When infections are diagnosed and addressed quickly, patients can avoid implant failure.
  • Dental implant removal and replacement: Dr. Rink can coordinate with an oral surgeon to perform any necessary removal procedures and, if you are eligible, plan another placement strategy.
  • Bone grafting: Damage to the bone tissue in the jaw may require a grafting procedure. Healthy bone tissue is added in order to create a proper foundation for implants.

Contact Us today

If you are interested in dental implants, it pays to learn as much as possible about how to experience the longest-lasting benefits. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rink, send us a message online or call us at (843) 766-1132.

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