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Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Did you know that dental implants can fail?  Every medical procedure carries a risk for failure.  Doctors of every kind have patients sign an informed consent stating that they understand the risks associated with a procedure and agree to proceed knowing those risks.

An essential part of an informed consent is the explanation of these risks by your doctor, which also includes what factors can increase the likelihood of these risks.

At Designer Smiles, Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren place a great emphasis on patient education.  We want you to understand the important aspects of the procedures you undergo as a patient.

If you are having a dental implant placed at Designer Smiles, Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren will go over your specific risk factors that could affect the long-term success of the dental implant.  This blog will address the general risk factors that could affect anyone.

What Does it Mean when a Dental Implant Fails?

Failure is a scary word for patients and dentists alike, and it means the dental implant did not do what it was supposed to do.  In a dental implant failure, one of two scenarios occurs: 1) One or more of the implant parts breaks, or 2) The implant has no attachment to the jaw bone and loosens or falls out.

A recent study found that almost 8% of dental implants fail.  This statistic means that of every 100 dental implants placed, 8 will break or lose attachment to the jaw bone.

What Causes Dental Implant Failures?

This study revealed several factors that increase the likelihood for a dental implant to fail.  Some of these factors are within the patients’ control, and some are not.

Factors Affecting Implant Success and Failure that You Control

Other Factors Affecting Implant Success and Failure

What Can Patients do to Reduce the Risk of Failure?

  1. Do not smoke! Smoking greatly increases the risk for implant failure.  It also increases your risk for gum disease and many other health problems, including oral cancer.  Dental implants are a significant investment.  Don’t take a chance on your long-term success.  Ask Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren for advice if you would like to stop smoking.
  2. Have the best oral hygiene possible! Great oral hygiene is the number one tool to prevent gum disease around a dental implant.  Implants have slightly different anatomy than a natural tooth, so sometimes you need to use additional cleaning techniques.  When you get a new dental implant restoration, ask Phyllis or Nancy for specific tips on how to keep it free from plaque and tartar buildup.
  3. Do not miss a dental appointment! Peri-implantitis is not a death sentence for a dental implant.  But it is a major red flag that the implant is at risk.  By keeping up with consistent dental visits, Dr. Ann, Dr. Lauren, Phyllis and Nancy can keep a close eye on your dental implants.  If one begins to show signs of gum disease, you can catch it early.  Early detection always means simpler treatment and greater long-term success!

Do You Need a Dental Implant?

Call 281-317-0979 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren.  As part of your pre-operative planning, we will assess your risks and discuss any changes needed prior to your implant surgery.  We make every effort to ensure the highest possible success rate of every dental implant we place.

Have You Already Experienced a Failed Dental Implant?

Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren have experience treating dental implants that are failing or have already failed.  Let our implant experts put you back on the road to success.