Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they can fail for a variety of reasons. Initial implant failures are often due to the failure of the initial osseointegration between the implant surface and surrounding bone, which can be caused by changes in the treatment plan, contamination, infection, peri-implantitis, trauma during or after surgery, inadequate healing, and early burdening. Factors related to implant design, such as the use of non-biocompatible materials or surface coatings, contaminated implants, and incorrect design of macroimplants or microimplants can also trigger early implant infection and cause implant failure. Medical habits and conditions can also increase the risk of an implant wobbling.
Gum disease and bruxism (teeth grinding) can damage a healing implant, while diseases such as osteoporosis can make it difficult to attach the implant screw. Ongoing cancer treatment can also cause an implant to stop, as radiation therapy can sometimes inhibit the ability of bones to heal. Repeated clenching or grinding your teeth can put enormous pressure on dental implants and ultimately cause them to fail. If you suffer from bruxism, you should make a conscious effort to avoid grinding your teeth during the day and may need to wear night protectors to protect them while you sleep.
During healing, we'll look at ways to reduce the risk factors that caused the implant to fail, such as stopping smoking or waiting for a cycle of cancer treatment to finish. The most common cause of peri-implantitis is the buildup of tartar at the implant site, which houses toxin-emitting bacteria that irritate surrounding gum tissue and ultimately cause tissue and bone loss. Smoking can increase the risk that the dental implant will fail, depending on where in the mouth the implant is placed. Bone density and general bone health are an important consideration when it comes to implant dentistry.
Some symptoms of failed implants include redness, swelling, and bleeding of the surrounding gum tissue, deepening of periodontal pockets around the implant, exposure and visibility of underlying implant threads, loosening of the implant itself, and subsequent discharge around the implant. If it is related to a prosthesis, the implant may have to be removed because it cannot be properly restored; this is usually due to poor angulation of the implant or to a position in the arch. Patients often come to Spyrakis to correct dental treatments and failed implants that were performed by other dentists. A treatment plan is what helps the dentist identify all factors that could affect the implant procedure, such as identifying ideal location of the implant in relation to critical structures and nerves in the mouth.
Regardless of where you choose to have your dental implant procedure performed, it's important that you know the risks and that your dentist has the skills and experience necessary to minimize risks while ensuring a worthwhile investment in your dental health.One of the most challenging aspects of implant dentistry is positioning the implant so that it is completely surrounded by bone. This requires careful planning and expertise from your dentist in order to ensure successful osseointegration.