There are a number of reasons why dental implants fail. The success rate today is 94% to 98%, but that was not always the case. Bone regeneration techniques that have become available in the past few years have made it more likely that an implant will set itself permanently into your jawbone. In years past, longer screws were used when the jaw was receding, but they didn’t always take. As with building a house, the tooth is only as strong as its foundation. Without solid bone to use as an anchor, failed dental implants are common. With it, if you’re a non-smoker, you almost guaranteed success.
Removing and replacing failed dental implants is not as difficult as you might believe. If the failure is where the tooth is rooted to the jaw, the removal process might take care of itself. Implants that come detached often fall or slide right out, making the job of the surgeon less difficult. If the implant is still solidly attached, but the top or middle is damaged, a more complex procedure needs to be done to remove the implant before replacing. That could mean orthognathic procedures on the jaw bone itself.
Replacing failed dental implants once they have been removed is less complicated. If you had your implants done over five years ago you are in for a treat. Using modern oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques, Dr. Day can strengthen the jaw bone and insert implants that should last you a lifetime. Once they’re in, you can go to your general dentist for caps and coloring. Many recipients of implants bleach their teeth to make them all one uniform color. You could do that or simply wait until your new implant gradually becomes the same color as your other teeth.
Before implants, the standard procedure for filling in a gap where a tooth was missing was to file down the teeth on either side of it and build a bridge. When implants were first developed, many older patients couldn’t get them because of bone deterioration in the jaw, the same reason why many implants failed in a few years. Today, that doesn’t have to happen. Contact our office to learn more.