What causes implant failure?

What causes implant failure?

No medical procedure has a 100% chance of success. (Have you ever seen that awful show “Botched”, which reveals less than perfect results of plastic surgery.)

Implants have a 5% chance of failure even without the risk factors below. However, the literature shows that re-doing an implant for a second time, has an 85% chance of success. In my own practice that figure has been closer to 100%.

Not all implants merge with your jaw despite taking accurate measurements. Short-term elements that can drive dental implant failure include:

  • Poor blood supply to the implant area
  • Existing infections in the mouth
  • Moving of the implant during the recovery
  • Not providing implants sufficient time to merge with the bone
  • Poor fitness of the patient
  • Bacterial infections
  • Extreme stress on implants
  • Grinding and clenching teeth
  • Shortage of bone
  • Deficiency of gum tissue
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Radiation to the head and neck
  • Too much food impacted in between implants
  • Diabetes
  • Gum disease
  • Insufficient jawbone
  • Inconsistent oral hygiene practices
  • Location in mouth
  • Medications (Some for acid reflux)
  • Pre Existing medical conditions, including cancer
  • Smoking

The surgery requires an experienced and trained dentist who will first know your conditions and take precautions throughout the placement process. Implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty of dentistry, like orthodontics (braces) or endodontists (root canals); they can be placed by general dentists, oral surgeons or periodontists.

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