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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Bradford, MA

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For the most part, dental implants are successful. In fact, over 95 percent of the time, this treatment happens without a hitch, and the results are still functional 10 years after the fact. Unfortunately, however, that leaves room for some instances of failure. Dr. Arakelian does everything possible to avoid this outcome, but if you experience the signs of a failed implant, he can address the issue and try to save it. Learn more about dental implant failure and salvage in the content below or contact us to set up an appointment.

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Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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A dental implant can fail soon after placement or years later. In the near aftermath of getting dental implants, the jawbone needs to produce new growth and surround the implant. If the bone is insufficient, the implant won’t bond properly.

Even if your dental implant is initially a success, it can fail later if the implants are not properly cared for. When daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits are neglected, a complication called peri-implantitis is much like gum disease in that it not only causes gum tissue to become inflamed and recede but also attacks the supporting jawbone. Without treatment, the implant will fail.

In other instances, facial trauma can dislodge the implant from the jawbone.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

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If at all possible, it’s best to identify a potentially failing implant early. These early signs include bleeding, red, and puffy gums. If you aren’t paying attention or know them, these symptoms can be easy to overlook. More advanced symptoms are:

Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Arakelian can identify indications of peri-implantitis or other complications that put your smile at risk. To ensure that the problem is caught and treated early, you need to come to our office at least every six months for exams.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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Saving dental implants can entail several methods, depending on the extent of the complications and the timing. If the implant has failed to integrate with the jawbone within six months of placement, it will be removed, and perhaps a bone graft will be performed to increase the chances of success in the future.

Peri-implantitis, when identified and treated early, may be resolved without removing the implant. If you experience dental trauma, the implant may be removed to allow the jawbone to heal before it is replaced.

If your failed implant is due to an overall health issue, such as poorly managed diabetes, you’ll need to consult your physician and work to improve your well-being before considering implants.

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