Dental Implant Failure and Salvage – Issaquah, WA

Protecting Your Smile When Dental Implants Fail

Even if the worst-case scenario is unlikely, it still pays to be prepared for it. Dental implants have an impressive success rate of 95%, but there are circumstances where they can fail. Here at First Impressions, Dr. Sherman can help you figure out what went wrong with your dental implant and take whatever steps are needed to resolve the issue. Give us a call if you have concerns about your newly rebuilt smile.

Why Choose First Impressions for Dental Implant Salvage?

  • Dentist with Decades of Experience
  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Comfortable, Welcoming Office

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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Dental implants are highly reliable and are often capable of staying in the mouth for years without causing issues. Nevertheless, failure could still occur for any of the following reasons:

  • There could be an infection around the dental implants that has badly damaged the supporting tissues.
  • Osseointegration (the process where the dental implants join with the jawbone) may not have been successful.
  • The dental implant posts may have become damaged in an accident.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

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If your dental implant seems to have come loose, it may simply be an issue with the restoration, but it could also be a problem with the dental implant post itself. Other possible symptoms of dental implant failure include severe pain, bleeding, swelling, and pus.

It should be noted that dental implant failure can fall into one of two categories: early failure where the problem occurs a short time after the surgery has been performed and late failure where issues arise after osseointegration has finished. Both types of failure are typically accompanied by the same kinds of symptoms.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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When dental implant failure occurs, you should stay calm and call our office. We will make arrangements to see you as soon as we can so that we can perform an examination of your mouth. Our goal will be to identify the source of the problem so that it can be treated.

Sometimes the solution is as simple as taking conservative measures to treat an infection. In other cases, we may have to go as far as removing your dental implant posts to give the area a chance to heal. It may be possible to have a new dental implant placed after a successful treatment.