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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Saving Your Restored Smile

Patient smiling after dental implant failure and salvage in Orange Park

Dental implants are successful in the vast majority of cases. However, a failed dental implant in Orange Park can happen due to infection, failed osseointegration, or other circumstances. If you ever suspect that there is a problem with one of your implants, don’t hesitate to seek help. Call our practice right away. We offer numerous salvage procedures, and hopefully, it will be possible to get your restored smile back on track.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, the most common cause of dental implant failure

An infection called peri-implantitis is the most common cause of dental implant failure. It occurs when harmful bacteria invade the tissue around an implant, eventually causing so much damage that the bone and gums are no longer able to support it. Missteps in oral hygiene are often a big contributor to the development of peri-implantitis.

Other possible causes of dental implant failure include failed osseointegration (the implant never bonds properly with the bone), physical trauma, and certain medical conditions.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Woman with mouth pain, may have a failed dental implant

It’s important to keep in mind that dental implants in Orange Park can fail at any time. Early failure occurs shortly after the initial placement surgery, while late failure can happen years or even decades later. Therefore, you should always be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of problems. Here are some things that indicate you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP:

  • Severe or unusual pain. A bit of discomfort is normal in the days after the initial implant surgery. After you get used to using your implants, however, they should feel completely natural in your mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing. Once you adapt to using your implants, you should be able to eat virtually any food without problems.
  • Signs of infection. Red gums, swollen gums, pus, and bleeding around an implant are all possible indicators of peri-implantitis.
  • An implant feels loose. In some cases, a loose-feeling implant just needs a new restoration. In other cases, the implant itself requires attention.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Dental patient smiling after successful implant salvage treatment

Call us as soon as you believe there is a problem with your implants. Delaying treatment will only give the issue an opportunity to worsen. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Nawrocki will assess the situation and recommend your next steps. In some cases, something as simple as antibiotic therapy is all that is needed to prevent total implant failure. In other cases, though, more extensive treatment is necessary. We may have to remove a failing implant altogether. Later, after a healing period and perhaps a bone graft, it might be possible to insert a new implant.