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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Plymouth, MA

Preserving Your Restored Smile

Happy patient after dental implant failure and salvage in Plymouth

Dental implants are a consistently successful treatment; they thrive in more than 95% of cases. However, there is always a small chance that you will have to deal with a failed dental implant in Plymouth. If you ever believe that something is not quite right with your restored smile, contact us right away. We will do all we can to address the problem, restore your oral health, and allow you to continue enjoying all the benefits of dental implants.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, a common cause of dental implant failure

The most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria attack the tissue around an implant. It can cause so much damage that the mouth is no longer able to support dental implants in Plymouth. Poor oral hygiene is often to blame for peri-implantitis, but genetics and other factors can also contribute to it.

Other possible causes of implant failure include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Blood mixed with toothpaste, indicating possible dental implant failure

There are two broad categories of dental implant failure. Early failure occurs shortly after the implant placement surgery, while late failure can happen at any time, even years or decades the initial procedure.

You should always be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Patient giving thumbs up for dental implant salvage treatment

You should seek treatment as soon as you believe that something is off with your dental implants. Delays will only allow the problem the opportunity to get worse, increasing the need that you will require extensive or complex treatment.

When you come in for your appointment, we will perform a visual examination and may use our CBCT machine to understand what is happening beneath the gumline. Then, we will talk to you about your treatment options. You might need something as simple as antibiotics or a new restoration. You might also need to adjust your oral hygiene routine or make efforts to stop smoking.

If the damage to your oral tissues is severe, we may have to remove a dental implant altogether. Later, after a recovery period and some restorative treatments — perhaps including a bone graft — we may be able to place a new implant.

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