If you have a dental implant that is failing, or is not cosmetically appropriate, you are not alone. Even though the success rate of dental implants is over 90%, there are cases where implants do not integrate with your bone tissue, or are placed in areas where the cosmetic results leaves a lot to be desired. In this article, we will delve into these topics, as well as give you our recommendations to correctly fix these problems.
Can a failed dental implant be replaced?
The simple and straight forward answer is yes, but there are situations where replacement becomes nearly impossible. Let’s first discuss in steps how dental implants can be replaced in theory:
- The failed dental implant is removed.
- All infected tissue is debrided and removed
- The area is copiously irrigated with normal saline
- A bone grafting material is used to regrow the bone that was lost during the failed integration process
- After 4-6 months a new dental implant is placed. This is due to the fact that bone grafting requires some time to heal completely
The exception to the rule ultimately comes down to how much of the bone was destroyed by the infection that lead to the implant failure. If a lot of vertical bone growth is required to place the new implant, then the grafting process may not work. The more new bone that is required to replace the lost bone, the lower the chance of implant success.
What happens when dental implants fail?
The main reason why dental implants fail is because of infection. Bacteria inside our mouth surround the dental implant, and slowly erode the bone that is fused with the dental implant itself. Over time, the implant begins to get loose and ultimately fails. At this time, your dental practitioner will likely remove the implant, and talk to you about your future options to replace the missing tooth. Often times, he or she will recommend another implant, or possibly a dental bridge as a solution to your tooth replacement needs.
Are there any ways to fix a failed dental implant?
Unfortunately, there are not many options to fix a failed dental implant. Some cases of implant failure begin with a condition called peri-implantitis. This is when your gum tissue gets inflamed around the implant itself. If this condition is caught and diagnosed early enough, there are methods that can help alleviate the problem. Solutions such as peridex rinses, and acid etching the implant may cure the issue at hand preventing failure of the implant.
Can I get a refund for a failed dental implant?
This will be between your dental team and yourself. Most dentists will not provide you with a refund for a failed because of the amount of time and work that was put into placing the implant in the first place. Most dental practitioners will agree to replace your implant at no additional cost. Talk to your dentist about getting a refund if you ultimately want another dental team to work on your new implant.
Can a dental implant get infected years later?
Yes they can. At Best Dental, we have replaced older dental implants that get infected. Nothing lasts forever, and the lifespan for most dental implants is around ten years. At that time, most dental implants will need to be replaced, more than likely due to a dental infection that occurs in the area.
How do I know if my implant is failing?
The warning signs of a failing dental implant include:
- Inflammation of the surrounding tissue
- Pus and infection oozing out around the implant
- The implant feels loose inside your mouth
- The implant site begins to hurt
The good news is that most cases of dental failure can be corrected by replacement with a new dental implant. Check with your dental team to see what your best options are. If you feel that there is something wrong with your dental implant, don’t ignore the warning signs and see a dental practitioner as soon as possible.