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What Causes Dental Implant Failure?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Elmwood Dental Group
3d rendering of a dental implantDental implants are arguably the most popular treatment for missing teeth. They are permanent and mimic natural teeth, making them ideal for patients who want less conspicuous prosthetic teeth. This tooth replacement procedure has high success rates when performed on qualifying candidates. However, implant failure can occur even if you are a suitable candidate. Here are the top reasons for dental implant failure.

Ignoring Aftercare Guideline

After a successful dental implant procedure, we provide you with aftercare instructions to expedite your recovery. Failure to follow these recommended guidelines can lead to dental implant failure.

Poor Dental Hygiene

While dental implants are less prone to tooth decay and cavities, they still require proper oral care. Poor dental hygiene can cause the neighboring natural teeth to develop oral issues, impacting the prosthetic teeth.

Periodontal Infections

Advanced periodontitis and other oral diseases can cause implant failure. These dental conditions can result in gum recession and push the implants out of place, leading to implant failure.

Dental Trauma

Sometimes, failed implants might be a result of dental trauma from an accident or assault. You might slip and fall or get into an auto accident, resulting in dental implant failure.

Inadequate Jawbone Density

Before getting dental implants, patients must have adequate jawbone mass and volume. Patients with severe bone loss might experience implant failure if they proceed with treatment without first undergoing bone augmentation.

Underlying Medical Conditions

Underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, autoimmune deficiencies, and cardiovascular disease, can cause dental implants to fail. Inform your dentist about your health status before getting implants to ensure success.

Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol abuse can delay healing, resulting in dental implant failure. Refrain or quit smoking and excessive alcohol consumption until you recover to increase the chances of success.

Contact Our Practice Today

Getting dental implants requires the expertise of a qualified professional. An experienced dental practitioner will assess your eligibility for implants to estimate the success rate of the procedure or recommend other practical solutions. Contact our practice today for quality dental implants.

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