Regrettably there are instances when a dental implant can fail due to several possible causes. If this occurs, there is no need to panic because Alluvial Dental Center is here to help you! Dr. Andrew Park and his highly trained dental team is qualified to treat a variety of implant issues and help prevent future failures. For over 20 years, we have helped patients all over the Fresno, CA area restore their oral health and address dental implant repair. Dental implant failure most commonly occurs immediately within the first few months or later, usually after year. The causes for dental implant failure can vary depending on a variety of factors. Your dentist will need to provide a thorough examination and take scans to better understand the underlying causes and develop a treatment plan for your dental implant repair.
Peri-Implantitis is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure. Peri-implantitis is a bacterial disease-causing inflammation of the gum tissue and bone loss around your dental implant. Symptoms of peri-implantitis include redness and bleeding of the gum tissue, loosening of the implant, deepening of the periodontal pockets, and possible exposure of the implant post. If caught early enough, peri-implantitis can be reversed and your implant can be saved. Not addressing this issue right away can result in the loss of the implant entirely. This dental implant repair treatment usually involves a thorough cleaning and debridement of any tarter in the site to help revitalize gum tissue. Regenerative techniques will be used to help restore any bone loss to help the implant stabilize. To prevent peri-implantitis it is important to maintain good oral hygiene daily and receive regular bi-annual cleanings with your dentist, as well as the cessation of smoking.
Osseointegration is the process where your bone and implant post merge to create a stable base for your implant. Osseointegration typically requires three to six months at minimum to properly complete. However, if the implant fails to fuse with the surrounding bone, the implant can become loss and possibly fall out. The most common cause of osseointegration failure is insufficient bone for the implant to be inserted to. If an implant fails due to the lack of osteointegration, a bone graft or sinus lift procedure could help create the needed bone density for proper osteointegration of your implant. To help prevent this failure, proper evaluation of bone density and health is vital before surgery.
Dental implant surgery requires the precision of a highly trained and experienced oral surgeon like Dr. Park to ensure the success of your implant. Experienced surgeons understand the importance of sufficient imaging and proper impressions. Imaging and impressions allow your dentist to design a detailed treatment plan. Without them, you run the risk of your implant not properly fitting or the placement being misaligned. Both errors can lead to infection and issues with gum and bone tissue. Addressing these types of dental implant failure may require replacement of the implant and can be complicated, emphasizing the importance of an experienced dentist.
The time required for a dental implant repair is dependent on its complexity. Our team takes the responsibility to repair a broken implant very seriously. We understand the emotional and physical toll it takes on an individual when a dental implant fails. It is important to us that our patients are comfortable and confident in our team during the repair process. Dental implant repair may require more than one visit over a period to ensure proper healing and success. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, please contact us right away for a consultation. Early detection of dental implant failure is vital in preventing further damage and losing the implant completely. Simply contact our office to schedule your appointment right away.
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