Dental implants are nearly always successful; research has shown that they commonly endure for 10 years or longer without any issues. However, you should still know what signs indicate a possible failed dental implant in Branford. This serious problem could occur at any time, and the sooner you recognize it and seek professional treatment, the more likely it is that our team will be able to save your restored teeth.
Peri-implantitis is the most common cause of failed dental implants. This infection occurs when bacteria attack the tissue around an implant, eating away at the gums and bone until the implant’s base of support is seriously compromised. Improper oral hygiene is often a big contributor to peri-implantitis, but genetics and other factors can also play a role in its development.
Other possible causes of dental implant failure include:
There are two basic categories of dental implant failure. Early implant failure happens soon after the initial placement surgery. Late implant failure could occur anytime, even years or decades after the implants are first placed in the bone.
Symptoms of both types of implant failure are similar and include:
If you ever suspect that something is not right with your dental implants, call our team right away. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely it is that we will be able to get your oral health back on track with conservative procedures. When you come in for your appointment, we will examine your mouth, perhaps use imaging equipment to look beneath your gumline, and strive to determine the cause of the problem. Then, we will be able to design a treatment plan.
In some cases, we can solve a problem via relatively simple measures, such as a new restoration or a prescription for antibiotics. In other cases, however, we must remove a dental implant. Later, after some restorative treatments (such as a bone graft or infection care) and a healing period, we may be able to place a new implant.