A dental implant is a piece of metal that is attached to the jaw bone through surgery. An artificial tooth is placed onto the implant after its installation. Implants have a very high success rate, but like other medical or dental procedures, it may not always work. Dental implant failure may happen right after the procedure or maybe months or years later.
They may fail due to a variety of reasons:
1. Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection that damages gums and jaw bone. If the infection is not treated within the right time, it can develop around the dental implant leading to its failure. Make sure you see a dentist for gum disease treatment before getting an implant.
2. Poor Dental Hygiene
Maintaining good oral hygiene is an important factor in determining the success of an implant. Dentist recommends brushing at least twice a day and floss for once. Not doing so can make you vulnerable to cavity and gum diseases.
Smoking restricts blood flow to gums, which slows down the healing process after the implant surgery. Dentists recommend to stop smoking one week before a dental implant and do not smoke for at least two months after the surgery.
4. Jaw Bone
For a successful dental implant, you need to have sufficient jaw bone to support the implant. If you don’t have enough healthy bone, then you might not be able to undergo dental implant surgery. Bone loss can happen due to osteoporosis or severe gum disease.
Dental implant failure cannot always be just your fault. An inexperienced surgeon may not be able to carry out the surgery in a fully professional way leading, which may cause an implant to fail.
Our surgeons at Sima Dental Family Dental Center are fully experienced and professional. If you need an implant or you may feel that your implant has failed. Call us on 281-457-6444 and book an appointment with us.