Dental implant removal is rarely necessary. But when required, it’s usually due to infection, inflammation, or failure of the implant to integrate with the surrounding bone.
The 5 Common Reasons for the Removal of Dental Implants:
- Peri-implantitis – an infection at the implant site that can cause swelling and inflammation in both soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant. This infection can be severe, and, if not dealt with promptly, could result in bone loss.
- Loose dental implants – there are several causes of mobility in dental implants. Dental implants may become loose if improperly placed, or if the implant doesn’t osseointegrate with the surrounding bone. Failure of the actual components comprising the implant is rare. If component failure does occur, it may be possible to recover the implant and replace certain parts.
- Nerve damage – it’s possible for an implant to be placed too close to a nerve, or even right over the nerve. This can be extremely painful and requires the immediate attention of a dentist or oral surgeon. If this happens, the implant can be removed and replaced at a later date.
- Sinus problems – if dental implants are placed in the upper jaw, there’s a risk of sinus problems, which could result in the removal of the implants. Once the area has healed, it’s possible to replace the implants.
- Loose crowns – occasionally, an implant crown can become loose, exposing the dental implant underneath. This can affect the integration of the implant and could eventually cause failure.
While these symptoms may sound worrisome, in actuality, most patients with dental implants are trouble-free for many years, or even for a lifetime. Patients can help avoid circumstances requiring the removal of dental implants by following a few simple precautions. Good oral hygiene, both before and after surgery, is essential to minimize the risk of infection at the implant site. Good oral health should continue through the healing period, and after the final restoration has been placed. It’s essential to stay follow-up visits and to book professional cleanings to ensure the implant is kept free from infection and inflammation.
A 95% Success Rate for Dental Implant Procedures
One of the most important factors to consider about implant surgery is the choice of an oral surgeon. Put, a more experienced surgeon will be able to avoid many of the problems listed above. Implant surgery has to be planned appropriately. That is the reason your oral surgeon needs CT scans and x-rays of the implant site, as these show the relevant nerves and structures within the jawbone that need to be avoided. Proper placement will mean the stresses are evenly distributed through the implant, reducing the risk of fractures or failures. When correctly done, implant surgery success rates are around 95%, but top specialists such as Dr. Jonathan Penchas can achieve success rates of up to 98%.