What Kind Of Treatment Is Needed For Failed Dental Implants?

What Kind Of Treatment Is Needed For Failed Dental Implants?

A: There are several treatments available for failed implants. So, if the patient is having an ailing implant—which is an implant that hasn’t failed completely; sometimes we can grab these implants and clean them and improve the situation.

Some implants when they fail, they just need to be taken out and new implants need to be placed. So, it depends on the scenario which is different for each patient.

Patients who receive dental implants in DC can instantly change their lives through a restored smile when suffering from missing teeth. Since they are anchored into your jawbone, they preserve your bone density. Additionally, they give a secure mount for the restorative crown, making implants look indistinguishable from natural teeth. Another major benefit is that, unlike dentures which alter your bite, dental implants preserve it and maintain your smile.

While prosthodontists that install dental implants in DC enjoy a near-perfect success rate due to the simplicity of the process—sometimes implants fail. Implants don’t fail because the body rejects them—they’re made of biocompatible titanium. That means they can’t create antibody or antigen-type reactions as in organ transplants.

While rare, failure is usually the result of three main things— pre-existing health issues, the procedure itself, or insufficient post-op care.

The Reasons Why Some Dental Implants In DC Experience Failure

Implant failure can be categorized into two kinds of failure. Early failure is where the implant is anchored but fails to bond with the jawbone. Long-term failure is the term for when an implant does fully bond but over several months or years—the jawbone disintegrates.

The underlying causes for each type of failure are quite different. However, when getting dental implants in DC; if all protocols are followed— failure of either kind is extremely rare. The success rate for implants is over 98.5% Looking further down the road, the 10-year survival rates for implants that have integrated is well over 96%.

Of course, this is of no significance to those who unfortunately are in the minority and have had implants fail. We wanted to speak to you and those concerned about the slim chance of failure. Our goal is always to be transparent with you and educate you. When implants fail, there is always a few different factors that can contribute to that failure.

Sometimes the patient may not have taken care of the implants well, allowing bacteria to grow and cause infections. Bruxism or improper bites cause undue strain and pressure on the implants, triggering failure. There are also chances of the surgery being done improperly, resulting in infections.

One of the largest contributors to implant failure is chronic health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and osteoporosis. Some medications increase the risk of implant failure to varying degrees.

While there is a wide range of factors that can spur dental implant failure, most failures can be salvaged. When catching the failure early on and attending to it with the proper medical intervention—it can be remedied. As we mentioned we have two main categories of implant failure: early failure, and late failure.

Early Failure Of Dental Implants In DC

When we say, “early failure,” we are talking about any implant failure that happens within a three-month window of the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, adhering to protocols is crucial— from diagnosis to the execution of the procedure itself.

Naturally, it’s not feasible to go into deep detail with all of the aspects of dental implant surgery protocols. However, we will cover a few basic tenets we follow that are critical to success.

  • Sterilization—Wherever you choose to get dental implants in DC, should be in a sterile environment with sterile tools. This is to avoid the chance of infection that can ultimately lead to early failure. Although infection is a rare cause for early failure, it is still better to err on the side of caution.
  • Maintain Safe Bone Temperature— It is critical to make sure the jawbone stays below a safe threshold temperature. Excessive heat will cause cell and tissue necrosis that results in oral lesions and pain.
  • Usage Of Proper Surgical Flap Design— When performing implant surgery there is a right method for dealing with the tissue around the extracted tooth. Each situation is different and knowing which design to use makes all the difference.
  • Ensuring Proper Stability Of Implant— This is foundational and an obvious protocol as if the implant is not secure—it will not integrate properly.
  • Choosing A Proper Implant Site With Sufficient Bone Mass—Some patients may have areas of the jawbone that don’t have enough bone mass to support an implant. If an implant is installed there, the bone will not bond with it and the implant will fail.

Of course, none of these protocols are necessary for you to know. However, it does give you some insight into the process itself, and the more you know the better.

Sometimes Implants Fail Despite Following Protocols

Now, even the most seasoned prosthodontist will have rare instances where implants fail. It should not be assumed, however, that something was not done properly. In fact, any prosthodontist in DC that hasn’t had at least one implant fail—probably hasn’t performed many procedures.

If an implant fails regardless of everything being done correctly it’s a result of factors outside of a surgeon’s control. Some common examples of these factors include:

  • Poor blood supply to the implant site impedes healing and leaves room for infection, necrosis, and other complications.
  • Some medications such as Fosamax, Boniva, and other bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis can increase the risk of failure.
  • Poor overall health is one of the more common factors. A body that is not healthy will likely have trouble integrating the bone with the implant. For example, conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and habits such as smoking can increase the odds of failure dramatically.
  • Existing infections can be hidden adjacent to the implant site, such as a prior root canal of the neighboring tooth.

Having a veteran of dental implants in DC such as Dr. Nahlah can help give you the best possible chance of success. Experienced professionals will go above and beyond proactively, to find any potential issues and address them accordingly.

Additionally, and this cannot be stressed enough—be transparent about your medications, habits, and health. If you smoked a few times during the period before the surgery when you aren’t supposed to—tell your surgeon. Things like that can make the difference between a successful procedure and a failed one. When you and your surgeon are both transparent and working in tandem—you can expect your chance of success to be very high.

Late Dental Implant Failure

Late failure of implants occurs long after the procedure has been done and the implants have integrated. Typically, failure is considered late when it occurs 1-10 years after the restorative teeth are placed.

There are some common causes for late implant failure and it can even be a combination of the following:

  • Under-engineered procedures are where there are not enough implants to support the prosthesis. This results in undue amounts of stress on the implants.
  • Bruxism is incessant grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep. It is a result of excessive stress or neurological issues. If a patient doesn’t control it with behavior modification or a mouth guard, the dental implants can fail. They are very durable, but the amount of constant pressure bruxism doles out is out of the norm.
  • Poor oral hygiene is often a cause for late implant failure. Just because the new teeth will never decay, doesn’t mean you can slack on hygiene. Gums can still get infected due to poor hygiene which leads to failure among other conditions. Make sure to floss at least twice daily as well as follow that with brushing.
  • Lack of gum tissue is a common factor for patients with chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes. If you are diabetic, it is a good idea to visit your dentist twice as much. This will help them monitor your gum tissue, especially the tissue that seals the implants in.

Increase Your Chance Of Successful Dental Implants In DC

While no surgery is a 100% guaranteed success, you can increase your odds exponentially with Dr. Nahlah. A trailblazer in the field of dental implants, he has performed thousands of successful procedures in his career.

Contact us today if you have implants that are failing or have already completely failed.