Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Phoenix, AZ
Saving Your Smile for the Future
When investing in dental implants, the last thing you want to consider is the potential for one or more of your prosthetics to fail. Fortunately, this is a rarity, but it can (and does) occur. When faced with a failed dental implant in Phoenix, you might assume there is no hope, and you will be left to settle for a less-than-ideal tooth replacement after investing your time and money into titanium prosthetics. At Devoted Family Dental, however, we never want you to feel as if your situation is hopeless, which is why we offer dental implant salvage to repair and restore your teeth, putting your smile back on track to a healthier, brighter future. Contact us today to learn more about this process and what you can do to seek help.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
There are many reasons dental implants in Phoenix can fail, some of which include a weakened immune system, failed osseointegration, facial trauma, and improper placement during surgery. However, the most common culprit is peri-implantitis.
Similar to gum disease, this occurs when bacteria attack the soft tissues surrounding your dental implant. Once it spreads beneath the gum line, it can cause the tissues to pull away from the post and eventually, break down the jawbone and nearby teeth. As a result, your implant will become loose and be at risk of falling out.
But how does peri-implantitis develop? The quick answer is poor oral hygiene. If you are neglecting your brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine day after day, you can expect to develop problems that negatively impact your smile.
Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants
You may not recognize the symptoms of failed dental implants right away, but our team at Devoted Family Dental is here to provide some initial signs you should watch for that signal a serious problem. These include:
- A loose dental implant
- Pus forming on the gums near the dental implant
- Difficulty eating or biting down
- Swelling and/or bleeding near your dental implant
- Discomfort that does not dissipate after your implant surgery
How Dental Implant Salvage Works
If you come to us seeking dental implant salvage, we will first need to thoroughly examine the problem area. Using advanced dental technology, we will determine the underlying cause of the problem and develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.
If caused by peri-implantitis, we will need to perform periodontal therapy to try and eradicate the bacteria and harmful particles that plague your smile. If possible, we will do this as well as perform a bone graft without removing the dental implant.
If facial trauma or failed osseointegration occurs, we will likely need to remove the dental implant and allow the bone and gums to fully heal before discussing the potential of replacing it with a new prosthetic.
You can trust that we will look out for your best interest and do our best to save your smile. We want you to enjoy new and fully functional teeth that will last a lifetime.