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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Richardson, TX

Save Your Restored Smile

Dental implants are successful in the vast majority of cases, so there is no need to be unduly worried that something will go wrong with your new teeth. However, it must still be acknowledged that dental implant failure is always a small possibility. If you ever believe that something is wrong with one of your implants, contact our Richardson dental team right away. We will examine your mouth, determine what is causing the problem, and recommend a plan to save your restored smile.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration showing infection around a dental implant

Usually, when dental implants fail, it is because of an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria invade the gums around an implant. Eventually, it may attack the underlying bone and cause it to deteriorate to the point where it can no longer support the implant. Often, poor oral hygiene is a major contributing factor to peri-implantitis.

Other possible causes of dental implant failure include:

Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant

Portrait of woman with oral pain

Dental implant failure can happen at any time, even months, years, or decades following the initial placement surgery. Therefore, it is important that you are always on the lookout for symptoms of a failed implant, including:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Patient smiling after successful dental implant salvage

You should schedule a dental appointment as soon as you suspect that something is amiss with your implants. The earlier you receive care, the more likely it is that we can address the problem via conservative means.

When you come to our office, we will examine your mouth, take some X-rays, and learn about your symptoms. Then, we will advise you on your next steps. You might need something relatively simple, such as a course of antibiotics or a new restoration. However, there is also the chance that we will need to completely remove the failing implant. After a healing period and further restorative care, you may be able to receive a new one.