Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. No other treatment can provide the appearance and function of an implanted tooth. The implanted artificial root structure is second only to a natural tooth root. As a matter of fact, implants will often last a lifetime while preserving bone mass and sustaining life in surrounding tissues.
While it is relatively rare, unfortunately, implant failures do occasionally occur. If you are suffering from a failed, broken, or improperly-placed implant, our experienced team is here to help.
There are several types of implant failures including:
Early Implant Failures – These issues can be a result of technical errors, overheating of the bone during site preparation or using too much or not enough force at the time of insertion into the bone. Contamination issues can also cause failure by keeping bone material from fully integrating with the implant device. Poor quality of bone is also a common cause of implant failure.
Late Implant Failures – When an implant becomes unstable or loose after a significant period of normal function, it is probably the result of excessive forces on the implant. This can be caused by shifting bite or changes in the jaws’ resting position. Wear and tear issues on adjacent teeth can be the issue as well as clenching.
If you think your implant may be failing, an immediate, accurate diagnosis is imperative. Repairs or replacements can typically be completed quickly, returning the implant tooth to its normal function. Delaying the repair could pose a risk to adjacent tooth structures, so be sure to contact us as soon as possible if you suspect an issue.
To learn more about the process of repairing existing implants, please give our knowledgeable team a call as soon as possible. You can reach us at 202-363-2500.