Three Most Common Causes of Dental Implant Failure
Posted on 1/20/2020 by Janie Scholes
Getting a dental implant can be a significant stride forward in terms of the quality of life afforded by a tooth replacement. Once properly healed, a dental implant looks, feels, and operates just like your natural teeth.
Although a dental implant is more expensive than other forms of tooth replacements, it is by far the most natural in appearance and function, and many patients opt for implants for this reason. However, sometimes a dental implant will fail. Understanding the reasoning behind this can help you to take preventive actions to prevent such a failure in your dental implant.
The most common reason for a dental implant to fail in the short term is simply a failure of the jawbone to correctly heal around the implant. This failure can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, low bone density, or even uncontrolled diabetes.
If you smoke, consider stopping. Also think about taking calcium supplements to improve your bone strength, and if you have diabetes, be sure to stay on top of it. This will help prevent short-term failure.
There are two primary causes of long-term failure. The first is an infection in the gum tissue and/or the jawbone. This is called “peri-implantitis.” To avoid this complication, be sure that you faithfully follow good oral hygiene routines. Practicing regular brushing and flossing is a must—even though your implants cannot get cavities, you could still lose them if you develop a gum infection.
The other cause of long-term failure is a physical failure of the implant itself. This would be something such as a broken or damaged screw, a fracture of the “tooth” part of the implant, and the like. Fortunately, these are relatively easy to fix. That being said, you might want to consider avoiding high-impact foods such as beef jerky. Also, never chew ice.