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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Torrington, CT

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Dental implants are successful in more than 95% of cases, so you can rightly expect your new smile to stand the test of time. Rarely, though, a failed dental implant in Torrington can occur. Being able to recognize this problem and take prompt action is important. Below, you will learn about why dental implant failure can happen, which symptoms you should look out for, and how our team may be able to get your oral health back on track.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, a common cause of dental implant failure

Peri-implantitis, an infection around a dental implant, is the most common cause of implant failure. It occurs when bacteria invade the gums and bone, eating away at the tissue until the mouth is no longer able to support the implant. Missteps in oral hygiene are frequently the culprit behind peri-implantitis, but genetics and other factors can also contribute to it.

Other reasons why an implant might fail include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Illustration of gums receding around a dental implant

Dental implants in Torrington have the potential to fail at any time. Early failure occurs soon after the initial placement surgery, while late failure can happen years or even decades later.

Here are some symptoms that you should always stay on the lookout for:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Smiling senior patient after successful dental implant salvage

It is important that you seek treatment as soon as you believe there is a problem with your dental implants. Delays will only allow things to get worse. The earlier you receive care, the more likely it is that we will be able to address the issue without extensive, expensive, or complex treatment.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will carefully examine your mouth to determine what is causing your symptoms. In some cases, we can stop an infection before it leads to total implant failure. You might need something as simple as antibiotic therapy or a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine.

If the damage to the implant or the surrounding tissue is severe, we might have to remove the implant altogether. Then, after some restorative treatments, such as a bone graft, we might be able to insert a new implant a few months down the road.