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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – St. Louis, MO

Saving Your Restored Smile

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Dental implants boast an impressive success rate of over 95%. However, a failed dental implant in St. Louis can occur on rare occasions. If you suspect that one of your new teeth is not doing as well as it should, contact us right away. Dr. Moreland will evaluate the situation and recommend a treatment plan. Our goal is to get your smile’s health and function back on track as soon as possible.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The most common cause of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, an infection in the gum tissue. It can get so bad that it destroys the gum and bone tissue supporting an implant, causing the implant to loosen. Poor oral hygiene is usually a primary contributing factor to peri-implantitis.

Other possible causes of dental implant failure include:

  • Failed osseointegration. A dental implant may not properly bond with the surrounding bone.
  • Medical conditions. Things like cancer and certain autoimmune disease may interfere with the body’s ability to support dental implants in St. Louis.
  • Physical trauma. Teeth grinding, sports accidents, and other forms of injury may adversely affect your implants.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

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Dental implant failure can occur at any time. Early failure happens soon after the initial implant placement surgery, while late failure can occur months, years, or even decades after your treatment. Therefore, you should always be alert to any signs of problems with your implants. Here are some signs and symptoms that signal the need to visit a qualified dentist or oral surgeon:

  • Pain. Some discomfort is normal after the initial implant surgery. However, severe pain and pain that occurs after you have had your implants for a while are both red flags.
  • Difficulty chewing. After you adjust to using your implants, you should be able to eat virtually any food without problems. Challenges in this area indicate the need for professional care.
  • An implant feels loose. In some cases, this is a problem with an implant’s restoration. In other cases, the implant itself is suffering.
  • Signs of infection. Receding, swollen, and red gums are all potential signs of infection. Pus and bad breath are also cause for concern.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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You should seek care as soon as you believe that something is off with your dental implants. The sooner you request an appointment with us, the more likely it is that our team will be able to correct the problem without extensive or invasive treatment.

When you arrive in our office, we will take some X-Rays, perform a visual exam of your mouth, and learn more about your symptoms. Thereafter, Dr. Moreland will be able to recommend a treatment plan. In some cases, implant failure can be avoided with antibiotics or another conservative treatment. In other cases, it is necessary to remove an implant altogether. Then, after some restorative treatments, such as a bone graft, and a healing period, it might be possible to insert an entirely new implant. We strive to always be upfront with our patients about their treatment options and provide care that exceeds expectations.