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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Newington, CT

Preserving Your Restored Smile

Patient smiling after dental implant failure and salvage in Newington

For the vast majority of patients, their dental implants thrive for year after year and decade after decade. However, there is always the small chance that you will have to deal with a failed dental implant in Newington. On this page, you will learn why dental implants sometimes fail, what symptoms you should be on the lookout for, and how our team may be able to address the problem and preserve your restored teeth.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, the most common cause of failed dental implants

The most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when bacteria attack the tissue around dental implants in Newington. Eventually, it can become so severe that the implants lose their base of support. Poor oral hygiene is often the reason behind peri-implantitis, but genetics and other factors can also contribute to its development.

Additional reasons why dental implants fail include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Illustration of gums receding around a dental implant

There are two broad categories of dental implant failure. Early failure occurs shortly after the implant placement surgery. Late failure can happen years or even decades after you complete your implant treatment.

Here are some symptoms that you should always be on the lookout for:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Dental patient giving thumbs up after successful implant salvage

We encourage you to call us as soon as you suspect that something is amiss with your dental implants. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is that we will be able to address the problem without any complex or expensive procedures.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will learn about your symptoms, possibly take some X-Rays, and perform a thorough examination of your mouth. After we determine the cause of the problem, we will be able to recommend your next steps. Sometimes, it is possible to prevent implant failure with the help of antibiotics and adjustments in oral hygiene. In other cases, we must design and place a new restoration. If a problem is particularly serious, we may have to remove a failing dental implant altogether, perform restorative treatments (perhaps including a bone graft), and attempt to insert a new implant later on.

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