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Dental Implant RepairDental implant repair is a procedure done when a dental implant failure occurs. Failed dental implants can happen due to faulty implant or placement, peri-implantitis, lack of jawbone mass, nerve or tissue damage, and infection. Nevertheless, your dentist can still repair your failed dental implant by finding the primary cause through x-rays and full digital photos. Once determined, your dentist can choose the best course of treatment.
How Do You Treat a Failed Dental Implant?Dental implant failure caused by peri-implantitis is frequently treated by sterilizing the implant site and removing infected tissue. For failed dental implants cases caused by insufficient jawbone mass, you will need a bone graft before your dentist can replace the dental implant with a new one. A bone graft can help increase the volume and density of your jawbone in areas where bone loss has happened.
Can a Broken Dental Implant Be Repaired?Yes, a broken or faulty dental implant can be repaired. An experienced dentist needs to use a specific composite material to do all necessary repairs to fix a chipped dental implant. However, if the severity of the damage is big, it might be required to completely replace teeth with dental implant. Before inserting a new dental implant, you may need to undergo a bone graft to strengthen your bone and make sure there’s sufficient jawbone density. Read about Dental Implants Healing Time.
Signs of Dental Implant FailureThere are five common symptoms of dental implant failure.
- Severe pain or discomfort
- Inflamed gums
- Chewing or biting difficulties
- Gum recession around the implant
- Loose implant
Causes of Dental Implant FailureIt was found that dental implant surgery has a failure rate of 3.11% according to a retrospective study published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery. The most common causes of early dental implant failure are surgical trauma, infection, insufficient jawbone mass, sinus problems, and a lack of primary stability. On the other hand, peri-implantitis, occlusal overload, nerve or tissue damage, and failed osseointegration are the common causes of dental implant failure after 10 years.
Failed Implant to Bone BondOsseointegration is a process where the dental implant post bonds with your jawbone. Failed osseointegration is often caused by altered treatment plans that prevent initial osseointegration between the implant surface and the surrounding bone. The other common factors that cause failed osseointegration are contamination, improper implant placement, implants made of poor quality materials, trauma during or following surgery, insufficient healing, early loading, and rejection of foreign objects by the body due to allergy.
Insufficient Bone DensityHealthy bone and sufficient bone mass are important factors that affect a dental implant surgery’s success rate. The implant could become loose if there is a lack of jawbone density, which would result in dental implant failure. Your implant dentist will evaluate the state of your bone before the procedure. Bone grafting or a sinus lift procedure may be conducted before the implant placement if there is insufficient bone. Bone grafting is a surgical process that adds bone density with bone from a patient’s own body.
InfectionThe most common cause of failed dental implants is an infection at the implant site. A bacterial infection called peri-implantitis is characterized by swelling of the peri-implant mucosa and a progressive loss of the bone that supports the implant. It is brought on by bacterial growth near the dental implant, directly beneath the gum line. The severity and site of infection will determine how it is treated. For instance, medications or soft tissue grafts may be needed to treat a gum infection caused by bacteria. A bone infection caused by bacteria may call for the removal of the implant and any affected bone tissue, followed by a bone and soft tissue graft.
Peri-implantitis SymptomsPeri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that can cause a progressive loss of the jawbone where the dental implant is located. Below are the signs of peri-implantitis.
- Pain near the site of the dental implant
- Inflammation of the lymph nodes
- Pus oozing from the implant’s surrounding tissues
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Bleeding at the gum line
- Minor shifting or loosening of your dental implant
- Deeper periodontal pockets around the implant
- Exposure and visibility of the implant threads underneath