Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Casper, WY

Rescuing Your New Pearly Whites

Dental implants come with one of the most comprehensive and lifelike solutions for replacing or rebuilding missing teeth. Not only can they help you regain a complete and comfortable bite, but the results can often last decades to the rest of your life with proper care. But what does it mean if your implants feel loose or there’s discomfort occurring around them? Even with a high success rate, your titanium posts can still have a rare chance of failure. Fortunately, our team can offer dental implant salvage treatment to preserve your new teeth. Keep reading to learn why your metal posts might fail, symptoms to be on the lookout for, and what we can do to help.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

a 3D depiction of a dental implant in the jawbone

One of the most common reasons for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis—a form of periodontal disease that impacts and destroys the connective tissues and jawbone structure keeping the titanium posts in position. This can occur from poor oral hygiene and advanced gum disease, which means it can often be avoided so long as you practice good teeth cleaning techniques every day as well as visit Dr. Prach every six months for checkups. Other contributing factors may include accidental facial trauma, failed osseointegration, and certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

a woman holding her cheek due to tooth pain

While very rare, dental implants can start to fail at any moment, whether years after their placement or within a few weeks following your surgery. For this reason, we want you to know which indications of failure to watch out for, which typically include:

  • Discomfort or pain around the implant
  • Difficulty chewing or biting down
  • Swelling in the gums surrounding the implant
  • Gum recession around your dental implant
  • Loose dental implant

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

a patient smiling after receiving dental implant salvage treatment

For failed dental implants, our team can evaluate your oral health and smile to determine the underlying cause of failure. Once we know what the problem is, we can create a treatment plan to address the situation so that we can save and maintain your tooth replacement. In many cases, our treatments may involve deep cleanings, antibiotics, bone grafting, or other methods for controlling infections. The sooner you’re able to visit us for help, the better the chances of preserving your dental implants.