What Can Cause Dental Implant Failure?

By: Dr. Jacob Sheppard


There are many people who suffer from missing or damaged teeth that decrease the health, function, and appearance of their teeth. One great way to treat these problems is through dental implants. Dr. Jacob Sheppard can help you find the best treatment option for your specific goals and needs. Schedule a consultation with Sycamore Family Dentistry in Midlothian, VA today.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants consist of a sturdy screw that acts as an artificial tooth root for a dental restoration. The screw integrates with your jawbone to provide the function and support your teeth, jaw, gums, and mouth need to work properly. You can get many benefits from dental implants, such as increased confidence, better function and durability, and preserved bone health. Restorations look natural, are long-lasting, and do not restrict diet. Dental implants do not rely on the surrounding teeth to support dental restorations. Dental implants are great for those who want to replace one or more teeth with a long-term option and choices for treatment. The dental restoration you get varies depending on your specific goals and needs. This restoration can vary from a single artificial tooth to an entire denture set.

What can cause dental implant failure?

Dental implants are a long-lasting treatment option; however, you must take care of them to keep them in good condition. Some common symptoms of dental implant failure include severe pain, inflammation and swelling of the gums, and a loose implant.

  • Peri-implantitis: One of the most common reasons for implant failure is peri-implantitis. This is caused by an inflammatory response due to bacteria in the mouth. This can cause damage to your gums and the bone surrounding the implant.
  • Implant misalignment: Implants need to be placed in the proper position for them to function correctly and not cause gum recession. If this is done wrong, it can cause failure, and the procedure to fix this issue can cause more problems.
  • Poor osseointegration: The dental implant integrating with your jawbone is a vital step in getting this treatment. If this goes poorly, the implant will not be stable or act as a tooth root.
  • Nerve damage: Damage to the nerves while getting dental implants is incredibly rare; however, it is possible if the implant is placed too close to a nerve in your mouth.
  • Loose implant: Dental implants are strong, but it is possible for them to become loose and cause movement in your mouth. This can lead to fracturing and failure of the implant.

While dental implant failure is not common, it is a possibility. If you think you are experiencing any of these signs, it is important to contact our office and make an appointment to see Dr. Sheppard as soon as possible.

Get dental implants in Midlothian, VA

Dental implants are a great way to enhance the overall health, function, and appearance of your teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth. They can give you a smile you love. Dr. Jacob Sheppard can help you create a treatment plan that addresses your specific goals and needs. Contact Sycamore Family Dentistry in Midlothian, VA today for a full consultation on the overall state of your oral and dental health.

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