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Dental implants have become the most top ranked method of replacing damaged or lost teeth. They carry a remarkable success rate of over 95% when they are properly placed and cared for. However, while dental implants are designed to be a stable and permanent solution for missing teeth, they are not invincible.

Dental implant failure is rare. However, when it does occur, it typically is the result of improper implant placement, poor quality materials or infection. Implant failure does not occur from the body rejecting the implant, as the only surgically placed component is a biocompatible titanium post. It is imperative that you choose skilled and experienced implant dentist for this type of procedure, as it can be the difference in implant success or implant failure.

Here are the most common causes of dental implant failure:

  • Failed osseointegration – When the implant never gains full stability and instead becomes loose or fell out, failed osseointegration is suspected. This means that the implant never fused to the surrounding jaw bone during the immediate months of healing after surgery. Failed osseointegration can be due to improper positioning, overloading, insufficient bone density, damage to surrounding tissue or a sudden impact/external trauma.
  • Periimplantitis – This is a type of infection that develops around the implant and within the gums. Implant failure of this kind is likely due to poor dental hygiene after dental implant surgery.
  • Nerve and tissue damage – Chronic pain, tingling or numbness in the gums, tongue, lips or lower face can signal nerve damage from an implant being placed too close to a nerve. Outdated imaging methods and an inexperienced dentist can result in incorrect implant placement and subsequent nerve damage.

Know the Signs of Implant Infection

While there are various reasons why an implant can fail, the symptoms of implant failure are the same. Healthline lists the following warning signs of early or late-stage dental implant failure:

  • difficulty chewing.
  • gum inflammation.
  • gum recession.
  • increased swelling.
  • loosening of an implant or a replaced tooth.
  • severe pain or discomfort.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is important to get in contact with your implant dentist as soon as possible. Neglecting an infection can not only sabotage your implant investment, but it can also put your mouth and body at serious risk.

Follow Post-Op Care Instructions

At Ora Dental Implant Studio, we give patients specific post-operative instructions on how to expedite healing and care for a newly placed dental implants. After the initial healing period of your implants, avoiding implant failure should involve practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing, using an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, avoiding hard candy and not smoking. To schedule your consult with an experienced and talented implant dentist, please call our Elk Grove office today.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dental Implant Studio

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 170
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 546-7911

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Umakant D.

I will highly recommend Dr. Dalla. I found him to be very pleasant and highly professional. I had implants done and he did it so well that I had no discomfort. He is an excellent dentist specialist.

Lisa O.

I went to Ora last month for a denture implant consultation, soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by the ladies in the front. My consultation went great Dr. Dalla was great, he listened to my concerns and explained what would be the best procedure for my situation. Also worked with my financial situation. I had all my teeth extracted and my dentures placed. Tia was so wonderful she did her best to calm me down and reassure me there was nothing to be nervous about. Before he started I expressed how nervous and scared I was he assured me I was in great hands and I was. The staff there is the best. I have a little discomfort but when I looked in the mirror for the first time a hour ago I was very very happy with my outcome. I still have to go back for the implants then I'll be finished. I want to thank the whole staff at Ora for giving me my confidence back in my smile.

Gary B.

The whole experience went great. From the front office staff to the back office staff. The implants look and feel great. Thanks for everything... I will see you in the new year....

Darnell H.

Nice everyone and everything there is very nice they explain things in a way you can perfectly understand. I will be looking forward to having the things I need fixed

Dennis H.

First visit went very well, the Doctor listened to what I needed/wanted done, and gave me a schedule to complete the work.

Mashoq A.

Everything about this office is amazing from the staffs to the dentist and the dentist take his time to take care of his patients