Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Overall, dental implants are one of cosmetic dentistry’s greatest success stories. They succeed in 95 percent of all cases, and have benefited from nearly a half-century of research and technological advances. But while getting an implant to replace one or more natural teeth does mean you’ll never have to worry about getting cavities in it again, the devices can still fail under certain conditions.

Dental_ImplantsHow Implants Work

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are attached to a patient’s jaw with a titanium screw. Over time, the screw becomes bonded to the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. A crown is then placed on top of the part of the implant that is attached to the jaw. The two parts of the implant are connected through a piece known as an abutment.

Factors in Implant Failure

Practitioners of cosmetic dentistry have identified several conditions that can cause implants to fail.

  • Peri-implant diseases occur when bacteria build up at the base of the implant, below the gum line. If not treated promptly, this can lead to bone loss in the jaw that will threaten the stability of the implant.
  • The screws anchoring the implant may come loose, also impacting implant stability.
  • Natural teeth surrounding the implant, which sometimes must be worked on when preparing for an implantation, can also be negatively impacted by issues with the implant.

Meticulous care of your dental implant is the key to ensuring it is an improvement to your mouth that lasts a lifetime. Brush and floss your implant(s) regularly, and follow all care instructions given to you.

“Implants are a wonderful option to resolve many dental issues, but it’s important to remember that they become a part of your mouth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, who operates a cosmetic dentistry practice in Phoenix. “You must treat them with the same level of care you give your natural teeth.”

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