We understand that you’ve been bitten once, and now you’re twice shy. We know that surgery for dental implants is invasive – but trusting quality is an investment you’re making for your health and overall wellbeing.
What causes dental implant surgeries to fail?
There are a number of factors that can lead to dental implant failure in patients after surgery. Some of the most prominent ones include:
Lack of quality and professionalism
You must have noticed how more and more dental clinics these days seem to be advertising low cost, ‘highly affordable’ implants. This draws the attention of some patients who may be in need of dental restoration, but are also looking to save money. There are a couple of things that may be wrong with these dental implants, and the way they are placed in the jaw.
Low quality implants often fail to integrate, or fuse with the surrounding bone of the jaw. Osseo-integration is one of the most critical factors that determine the success of the surgery. If the implant fails to anchor firmly into the bone, it will become loose and eventually fall out, causing the patient discomfort.
Another popular tactic is luring patients by offering same day dental implants, using substandard, poor quality implants. What could be better than getting a long overdue dental and aesthetic restoration in a single appointment? Dental Implant failure occurs when these dentists fail to identify the status of the jaw bone into which they are placing the artificial root.
If the bone is porous, it is likely that it will not fuse with the thread of the implant – and in such cases, it is preferred to choose bone grafting and wait to place the implant afterwards. Patience is virtue when it comes to such surgeries and rushing the process can only mean bad news, all for the patient.
Failure to maintain good oral health
Another reason why dental implants often fail is when patients do not maintain proper oral hygiene. Due to lack of proper brushing and flossing, plaque begins to accumulate around the implant. When left uncleaned over some time, this sticky material hardens to form tartar. The stone-like tartar can cause gingival infections that can jeopardise the success of the surgery. Inflammation, bleeding, pain, and gum recession are some of the signs that indicate that the patient hasn’t been taking proper care of their oral health.
Habits and Lifestyle
Habits like smoking and consumption of alcohol are not only bad for your oral health but also for your overall well-being. You need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and daily routine focusing on keeping your oral cavity in great condition, in order to minimise the risk for dental implant failure and even more dental problems.
What are the signs and symptoms of dental implant failure?
Signs of dental implants that may be failing include:
- Swelling, pain and bleeding
- Abscess formation around the implant site
- Loose implant
- Bone loss
Some of these signs can be seen during a routine examination of the oral cavity. The health of the bone and soft tissues surrounding the implant however, can be determined with the help of x-rays. The success rate of a treatment depends upon the stage at which a problem was diagnosed, so as soon as you start experiencing any signs and symptoms of dental implant failure, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist.
How can I avoid losing my dental implant?
One of the best ways to avoid dental implant failure is by choosing an experienced dentist who uses top quality dental implants only. You may think they’re expensive, or that another clinic is offering cheaper rates – but we pay very close attention to everything from diagnosis to treatment planning, from placing the implant to observing your bone health. You’ll learn that all these things matter in the long run and contribute to the longevity of your dental implants.
If you’ve been considering replacing a few missing teeth in your oral cavity, or simply wish to learn more about dental implants and how they work – give us a call today on (02) 9158 6379 and we’ll be happy to help you out!