Why Dental Implants Fail

If you’re considering getting dental implants, it’s important that you know typically 5 percent of implants in the lower jaw fail along with 10 percent of implants in the upper jaw. Even more perplexing is that one person having several implants can experience failure in all but one of them. Sadly, there’s been nothing that pinpoints what causes this to happen.

It’s been suggested that bacteria in the jawbone can cause the failure. When the implant is attached to the bone, the bacteria are set free in the tissue around the implant. When the bone has no bacteria present at the time of the implant, it will heal quickly and cleanly with no issues. However, any implant attacked by germs will become swollen and infected causing it to not heal and fail.

There’s a difference between dental implant rejection and dental implant failure. Titanium is used to make dental implants. This is a metal that has been used in hip replacements for nearly 40 years. Titanium doesn’t react badly with human tissue, nor does the commercially pure type cause any allergic problems.

However, it’s possible for dental implants to get contaminated at the factory they’re made in. This happens even though FDA quality standards must be adhered to by all dental implant manufacturers. The implant can even get contaminated at the dentist’s office while being implanting even though all dental surgeons have strict sanitation practices they’re required to follow.

Whatever the reason that a dental implant fails, it’s most likely to become evident shortly following the procedure. Symptoms of a failure can be extreme discomfort and /or excessive bleeding. If this happens, the patient should contact the dental surgeon instantly.

Another reason for dental implant failure is the patient not performing correct aftercare of the implants. Each patient receives a set of clear instructions that must be followed in order to help the implants heal correctly. If the patient doesn’t do that, the implants can become infected and fail to heal. Some patients, however, have problems even though they’re carefully following the aftercare instructions. If a dental implant has been situation improperly, this causes failure of the implant. This shows up quickly if the patient is also a teeth grinder while sleeping.

Whatever the reason for your dental implant failure, once it’s been determined, you can have them replaced successfully.

Article provided by Dr. Lamira – Italian Speaking Dentist in London and Baker Street Dentist

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