You’ve just received your dental implant in Yuba City and you couldn’t be happier with your smile. The day after your treatment is complete, you decide to share lunch with a close friend and find out they also had an implant treatment done; unfortunately, it didn’t work out as well for them.
They tell you the implant failed to fully integrate with their jawbone and it’s got you thinking. “How do I know if my implant is on track to stay healthy? What are the signs that something is wrong?” you wonder. Read on to learn the causes and signs of dental implant failure.
Which Factors/Habits Can Cause Implant Failure?
Implant failure is typically divided into two categories: early failure and late/long-term failure. Early failure refers to when the implant is still in the process of integrating whereas late failure is after the implant has already integrated but bone loss has occurred around the implant.
While it is unlikely, a possible cause for your early failure could be improper protocols made by the dentist during the operation. However, it’s more likely the implant failed to integrate due to the following:
- Poor blood supply to the dental area, resulting in insufficient healing
- Your current medications
- Poor oral health practices
- The implant was attached too early
Late failures can occur through several different habits from the patient. This include poor oral hygiene, clenching or grinding of the teeth, and bacterial infections caused by bacteria reaching under the gum supporting the implants. As you maintain your implant like the rest of your teeth, you’ll want to watch out for signs failure should they appear.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Implant Failure?
Dental implants are known for having a very high success rate, but it is still possible for them to fail. If you’re concerned about your current implant, whether it be just after a treatment or years later, looking for these symptoms will tell you if you need to schedule a visit with the dentist. They include:
- Feeling severe pain and/or discomfort in the implant area
- Swelling or inflammation of the gums
- Feeling a looseness or movement of your implant
While the first two symptoms are straightforward, many people may not realize that dental implants should not be allowing any sort of give whatsoever. Unlike natural teeth, which have minor give, implants are not integrated the same way and are meant to be fastened very tight in your jawbone.
My Implant is Failing: What’s Next?
The moment you believe your dental implant is failing you must do one of two things. Either you schedule another dental visit as soon as possible or you make a call to your emergency dentist. The sooner you do this, the higher your chances are of saving and treating the implant.
For example, if you experience inflammation as a result of peri-implantitis (an infection in the gums around the implant) a dentist may be able to treat it without affecting the implant.
Don’t let implant failure get you down. Contact your dentist in South Yuba City to learn more about maintaining your dental implant today!
About the Author
Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon DDS, attended the University of the Pacific followed by the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada where he earned his dental degree. At his practice, dental implants offer a 96% success rate and are the ideal treatment for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. To learn more about him and treatment options, you can contact him at (530) 822-9090 or visit his website.