Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Scripps Ranch, CA
Save Your Smile’s Future
Relying on a trusted implant dentist to place your dental implants is one of the most important decisions you can make when preparing for a new smile. In choosing someone with the experience and training, you can expect a procedure that has a 95% success rate. You can also expect to enjoy improved oral health, a greater bite force, a more pleasing aesthetic, and optimal functionality. However, should you fall victim to an infection or other complication, you may develop a failed dental implant in Scripps Ranch. While feeling your implant loosen can cause panic, our team at Mod Squad Dental can provide dental implant salvage to try and save your smile. This situation is extremely rare; however, it is a risk all patients should understand and be aware of when starting the dental implant process. Dr. Friedman will examine your mouth and determine the appropriate treatment plan to help you get back to enjoying a better quality of life.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
Dental implants in Scripps Ranch can fail for many reasons; however, the most common is peri-implantitis. This happens when an infection in your gums begins to attack the soft oral tissues while destroying the bone that is holding up your implant. Peri-implantitis typically develops when you do not take proper care of your oral hygiene.
But if peri-implantitis is not the problem, you may find that dental implant failure also occurs as the result of:
- Traumatic facial injury
- Osseointegration is unsuccessful during the recovery phase of treatment
- Certain medical disorders and diseases are weakening your immune system (i.e., cancer, diabetes)
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
If a failed dental implant does occur, it will likely happen during the recovery phase of your treatment. However, some cases often do not develop until months or years later. No matter how much time passes, it’s always best to seek immediate treatment should you notice any of the following signs:
- One or more of your dental implants becomes loose. Your dentist will then look at the tooth in question and determine if it is the post or restoration that needs to be fixed.
- You have pain, swelling, or pus that develops around your implant.
- It becomes increasingly difficult to eat or chew your foods.
- Pain continues to be a problem long after your implant surgery.
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
When meeting with Dr. Friedman to discuss the possibility of dental implant salvage, it can occur in one of two ways. After examining your mouth to determine the problem, he may discover the problem can be easily remedied with the help of a deep cleaning, antibiotics, and additional services designed to control the infection (peri-implantitis). By seeking treatment the moment you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, we can provide more conservative treatment that gets you back to enjoying your smile.
However, if the implant damage or infection is too severe, we may need to remove it and provide the necessary treatment (i.e., bone grafting, periodontal therapy, etc.). Once you are fully healed, it may be possible for us to insert a new dental implant into the vacated socket.