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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – New York, NY

Save Your Newly Restored Smile

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Do you have concerns regarding your new dental implants? One of the great things about dental implants is their success rate of over 95%! However, dental implant failure is still possible in rare circumstances. If you notice that your implant seems loose or it is causing you discomfort, give us a call to be safe. If you are having a dental implant failure, we may be able to save your restored smile and salvage your replacement tooth.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The most common reason behind dental implant failure is peri-implantitis. This is an infection that can occur when harmful bacteria invade the tissue around the implants, ultimately causing damage. The jawbone and gums can deteriorate and no longer be able to support the implants. Peri-implantitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, but other factors can also play a role.

Another reason why dental implants can fail is due to failed osseointegration. This is when the dental implant and jawbone don’t fuse together as they should. Other causes include physical trauma and medical conditions, such as cancer.

Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant

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Whether your implants are new, or you’ve had them for several years, failure can occur anytime. Here are some common signs that you should keep an eye out for:

  • Difficulty Chewing: When your implants are healed and you’ve received your replacement teeth, chewing should come with ease.
  • Loose Implant: This can sometimes be an issue with the dental crown attached to the implant. In other scenarios, it could mean dental implant failure.
  • Severe/Unusual Pain: Soreness is normal after your procedure. However, your implant should feel comfortable after you heal.
  • Bleeding & Swelling: If the area around your implant is inflamed, bleeding, or there is pus, you could be dealing with an infection. You should seek dental attention right away.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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If you think there is a problem with your dental implant, don’t hesitate to give us a call. The earlier that issues are noticed and addressed, the more likely we can treat them. After examining your smile and discussing your symptoms, we can put together a treatment plan that is right for you. We may be able to salvage your implant through deep cleanings, antibiotic treatment, and other infection control methods. By seeking help quickly, you can keep your implants strong and healthy!

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