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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Conway, SC

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Conway, SC

The average dental implant can be expected to last for decades, and our team will use the latest dental technology and techniques to give your newly restored smile the best possible chance of success. Sadly, however, the risk of dental implant failure can’t be eliminated entirely. That’s why Dr. Murph is ready to help if you’re experiencing any problems with your implant posts. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if you think you might be in need of dental implant salvage.

Why Choose American Dental Care for Dental Implant Salvage?

  • Over 25 Years of Dental Experience and Training
  • Dental Implants Placed and Restored In-House
  • Nitrous Oxide for Comfortable, Stress-Free Appointments

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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Infection is a very common cause of dental implant failure. Implant posts need healthy tissue in your bone and gums to hold them in place. However, if an infection occurs, bacteria can cause these tissues to deteriorate. Eventually, your mouth may no longer be able to support the posts. Infection can be the result of a few different factors but is often a consequence of poor oral hygiene.

In other cases, dental implants might never form a strong bond with your jaw, or they might be damaged in an accident. Both issues can easily lead to dental implant failure.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

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Dental implant failure either occurs early or late. Early failure happens shortly after the dental implant posts have been placed in the jaw. Meanwhile, late failure can occur at any point after osseointegration, which in some cases may be years later. For both types of failure, you are likely to notice similar kinds of symptoms.

Some of the most common warning signs that an implant has failed include:

  • Pain: It’s not unusual to notice some soreness after your dental implants have been placed, but if you start experiencing severe or chronic pain, there’s likely something wrong.
  • Looseness: Your dental implants should stay firmly in place at all times. If one feels loose, it could be a problem with either the post itself or the restoration.
  • Infection Symptoms: If the tissues around your dental implant have become infected, you may notice bleeding, swelling, and pus.
  • Difficulty Chewing: One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they let you eat all of your favorite foods without issue. If you’re having trouble chewing, it could mean that there’s an issue with the implant post(s).

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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Call us as soon as you suspect that your dental implants have failed. By carefully examining your mouth and learning more about your symptoms, we can identify the problem and devise a plan for getting your smile back on track health-wise.

Your dental implants may or may not have to be removed based on the circumstances. For example, sometimes they can be left in the mouth while we perform conservative infection treatments. On the other hand, if there’s severe damage that needs to be corrected, the implant posts will likely need to be taken out; they may be replaced later after treatment is complete.