Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Brooklyn, NY

Identifying & Preserving a Failed Dental Implant

In the world of dentistry, dental implants reign supreme as the most comprehensive method for replacing missing pearly whites. With their optimal stability and success rate of 95% or more, this is the only tooth-replacement option that makes you feel like you’ve regained your natural bite. Even so, there is always a very slim chance that they can fail. Should this occur, our team at Brooklyn City Dental is prepared to provide salvage treatment to help you retain your new and improved smile. Keep reading to learn why dental implants might fail and how we can address the situation.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

a 3D depiction of a single dental implant

The biggest reason your titanium posts could fail is peri-implantitis. This form of gum disease targets the periodontal and connective tissues surrounding the dental implant(s), damaging them and causing the supporting jawbone structure to weaken and lose its hold on your new teeth.

Although poor oral hygiene is the main suspect for the development of peri-implantitis, it isn’t the only factor. Other conditions that can increase the risk of this issue include:

  • Failed osseointegration
  • Accidental physical injury
  • Certain medical conditions that impact your body’s ability to preserve dental implants

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

a man holding his cheek due to tooth pain

While this is rare, you should always be on the lookout for indications that your titanium posts have been compromised or have failed. Dental implant failure can occur at any time after getting them—whether a few weeks following your surgery or even after several years. 

In any case, keep an eye out for the following symptoms of failed metal post:

  • Strange or unusual pain: It’s natural to feel some soreness after your surgery, but you should not feel intense pain or discomfort. Your dental implants should feel natural after some time.
  • Bleeding, inflammation, and pus: These are clear indications of infection and will need to be addressed immediately to avoid further harm.
  • Difficulty chewing: You should regain 80% or more of your natural chewing ability, meaning you shouldn’t have trouble eating your meals.
  • Loose dental implant: While this could mean the crown or restoration itself is loose, you want to rule out that the implant itself isn’t becoming dislodged from your jawbone.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

a patient undergoing dental implant salvage treatment

If you suspect that something is wrong with your dental implant(s) or you’re experiencing trouble or discomfort from your new tooth, make sure to schedule a visit with our team as soon as possible. We’ll provide salvage treatment by evaluating your situation and determining the root cause of the problem so that we can fix it. This might mean you’ll need services like bone grafting, gum disease treatment, deep cleaning, antibiotics, or some other infection-controlling procedure. The sooner we’re able to strengthen your jawbone or return your gums to health, the higher the chance of preserving your fully rebuilt smile.