June 11, 2019
Whether you’ve decided to get dental implants or are still considering whether or not to get them, it’s important to know how you can reduce the risk of failure. Knowing what signs to look out for and seeking help from a dental professional quickly could save them. Even though they boast a 95% success rate, certain habits can increase your risk of restoration failure. Read on to learn how to spot the signs that your implants might be failing, and how you can promote their success below.
Dental Implant Failure
Dental implants are a modern restorative solution that offers countless benefits that traditional options aren’t able to. While the rate of failure is only 5%, it’s still vital to understand factors that can increase your risk and how to spot the symptoms.
Reasons Your Implants Could Be Failing
Typically, early failure will happen within a few months after osseointegration, and later failure could occur anywhere from one to 10 years after. You may be able to reduce your risk by quitting bad oral habits, but there are additional factors that can be out of your control. Some reasons your implants could be failing include:
- Autoimmune Diseases- If you have an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus, these can cause your immune system to attack and damage oral tissues, increasing the chance that your body will reject your implants.
- Infections- The most common infection that contributes to implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is a type of gum disease. It can develop after the surgery due to an open wound or dental cement that gets stuck in your gums.
- Smoking- Studies have established a connection between tobacco use and a higher risk of implant failure.
- Bruxism- Bad oral habits such as teeth grinding and clenching can put extra stress on your restorations and keep them from properly fusing with your jawbone. Unless this issue is addressed with a nightguard, it could eventually lead to implant failure.
- Poor Oral Hygiene- While dental implants are durable and strong, they’re not indestructible. You still need to brush twice each day and floss daily to ward off gum disease and infections caused by harmful oral bacteria.
- Certain Medications- Certain medications such as antidepressants can contribute to implant failure by preventing them from properly integrating with your jawbone.
Symptoms of Implant Failure
Knowing what symptoms to look out for can give you a head start in treating and maintaining your dental implants. Because there are so many different reasons they could fail, it’s important to seek care from your implant dentist as soon as you notice any of the following signs:
- Severe pain
- Gum swelling and inflammation
- Loose implants
- Difficulty chewing and biting
- Receding gums around dental implants
Remember that 95% of dental implant procedures are successful and that failure is rare. But knowing the signs and seeking help immediately can help you combat the problem while it’s small. The first step to maintaining your new restorations if you notice any discomfort, is to consult your dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Vener has completed advanced training in Periodontics and implants by attending a surgical residency at the Naval Post-Graduate Dental School for three years. He also achieved his certificate and Board certification with the American Board of Periodontology. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, you’re sure to feel in comfortable and confident hands. For questions or to schedule a consultation, visit Wayne Family Dentistry’s website or contact 610-688-4578.
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