Four Reasons Dental Implants Fail

July 26, 2021, Langley Dental Practice

Four Reasons Dental Implants Fail
Four Reasons Dental Implants Fail
Having a complete set of white and healthy teeth can be a person’s pride and joy. Our teeth is one of the first features people notice about us. Our teeth reflect how we are as a person. Most importantly, they serve an important role in our everyday lives – from how we talk, how we eat, and even how the way we look.


People turn to dentists and get dental implants when they lose their teeth. However, this a dental implant procedure may not always be successful. There are various reasons dental implants fail and when it does, it can really affect you financially, physically, and even mentally.

One of the major problems with implant surgeries is the inconsistencies of howdentists perform them. Until now, some dentists perform dental implant surgeries using outdated methods. This is why getting dental implants in Singapore from a trusted centre with the latest and advanced procedures is recommended.

There are also other reasons dental implants fail; some are due to our actions as patients, and some are just out of our control. Here are four biggest problems on why dental implants become unsuccessful and how we can try to avoid them.

Peri-implantitis

Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease where the infection damages the bone. It occurs when there is lack of adequate care to the teeth, including brushing and flossing.  When this is not detected right away, thismayeventually cause the teeth to loosen.

To prevent this from happening, we should take good care of the implant, especially during the post-operation stage. Typically, it takes at least six months to heal after the procedure. This means, the healing process is mostly in our hands. It is important to maintain good dental hygiene. Likewise, refrain from eating crunchy and hard food, and settle for soft foods as your gums and teeth heal.

Implants, however, may still deteriorate even after the healing period. This is mostly due to poor maintenance, such as excess food impacted in between implants, and bacterial infections caused by poor hygiene. 

To prevent this, take proper care of the implants. Remember that these are artificial teeth and require more care and caution. Another way to maintain implants in good condition is by regularly having them examined by dentists. This way, they can monitor the changes on your oral health.

Failed osseointegration

Failed osseointegration may occur when the jawbone does not grow around the implant to make it secure. There are various of reasons why this may happen. For instance, smoking may affect the growth of jawbone. It may also be caused when there is no bone grafting performed by the surgeon.

Failed osseointegration may also occur if a person does not have adequate jawbone for the implant to hold on to. A thorough evaluation of the jawbone is necessary before the surgery because it will be the support once the tooth and the implant fuses.

Poor placement

Poor placement by an inexperienced surgeon may affect the outcome of the surgery. Dental implant procedures require a skilled and trained dentist, who takes time to know your conditions and takes safety measures throughout the placement.

However, dental implants performed by experienced surgeons may still fail due to reasons out of anyone’s control. It may be caused bya deprived blood supply to the implant area or due to the patient’s health condition.

Implants may also fail due to existing infections in the mouth. What we can do to prevent this is to carefully prepare for the surgery by selecting qualified dental surgeons and to disclose all necessary information before the procedure.

Medications and other chronic conditions
Most people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, cancer, and osteoporosis may have a higher risk of implant failure. It is necessary to be aware of our health conditions and have a regular checkup to keep not only our implants intact, but to keep our body in check.

There are a lot of signs to look for when the dental implant is no longer serving its purpose. Usually, severe pain in or around the implants may be felt when this occurs. Moreover, the gums where the implants are placed may become swollen or inflamed. If the implants itself become loose, visit a dental expert immediately.

Dental implants need proper care to avoid problems and preserve your oral health. Always follow the advice of your dentist to ensure your dental implants remain in good condition. 

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