Having a dental implant placed is a major decision for many people, and no matter how confident you feel there is always the slight worry that something could go wrong. So what are the signs of dental implant failure that you should be watching out for, and what do they mean?
The 3-Signs of Dental Implant Failure
The 3 common signs of dental implant failure include:
- Feeling discomfort or pain. Pain can be a potential sign that something is amiss, but it can also be part of the healing process, at least for a short while after the implant has been placed. It is slightly different if you had the implant placed a while ago without any immediate problems, and the pain is something that has recently developed.
- Signs of swelling or inflammation. Some slight swelling immediately after implantation is normal, but if the gum tissues begin to look red and inflamed it could be a sign of infection.
- Feeling as if the implant is becoming loose in the jaw, or actually being able to wobble it.
A lot of this is down to common sense, as most people know when something is wrong with their teeth. A well-placed, healthy implant should feel exactly like your own teeth, and you shouldn’t even be aware it is there. If any of these dental implant failure signs strike a chord with you then it is best to seek advice as soon as you can from Dr Jonathan Penchas or another qualified implant dentist. It might be possible to treat any infection with a course of antibiotics. It is vital not to ignore these dental implant failure signs as any infection could significantly damage your jawbone.
Taking Action Sooner Rather than Later
It is sometimes necessary to remove the implant completely, especially if it has become loose. This best done sooner rather than later to minimize damage to the jawbone, and it may be possible to replace the dental implant at a later date once the implant site has healed. Sometimes it may be necessary to have a bone graft if infection has led to significant bone loss. Occasionally it may be possible to try to shore up a failing implant with additional bone grafts
Dental implant failure signs can occur soon after implant surgery, or they can occur in implants that have seemed fine for years but which have been gradually failing over time. It is always best to seek help at the first sign anything may be wrong, regardless of how long it has been since the implant surgery.
Avoid the Risk of Implant Failure
Most implants will fail due to infection and inflammation, so proper oral care can prevent this from occurring. However there are other factors that can affect the success of an implant, as anyone who is a smoker or who has any condition that compromises their immune system is likely to be at increased risk. Then of course there is the choice of dentist, as choosing a highly qualified and experienced dentist will help swing the odds of success in your favor. The difference lies in the fact that the correct sized implant system will have been used, and it will have been properly placed to avoid excess load and stress on the implant. When properly carried out, the success rate of implant surgery can be as high as 98%, making the risk of incurring any dental implant failure signs remarkably low.