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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – North Grafton, MA

Save Your New Pearly Whites


When you replace your missing teeth with dental implants in North Grafton, you’re choosing the most successful option by far. As long as you take good care of them, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime. With that being said, there’s still a small chance that your dental implants could fail, and you should be aware of the causes, symptoms, and available treatments of dental implant failure. If you’re ever experiencing an unusual problem with your implants, please contact Theroux Dental Associates right away. We may be able to save your new pearly whites with dental implant salvage.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

single dental implant in the lower jaw

A dental implant might fail for any number of reasons. For example, the implant may be unable to bond with the jawbone due to physical trauma or injury in the face, jaw, or mouth. Certain medical conditions may also inhibit the body’s ability to support dental implants.

The most common reason for dental implant failure, though, is a type of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. Often caused by inadequate oral hygiene, peri-implantitis occurs when bacteria accumulate in the tissues surrounding a dental implant. When these tissues become severely damaged, they might become unable to support the implant, leading to failure.

Signs of a Failed Dental Implant

woman holding the side of her face in pain

No matter how long it has been since you received your implants, they could still fail. Therefore, it’s important to always keep an eye out for these signs of a failed dental implant in North Grafton:

  • Intense, unusual pain around your implant
  • Difficulty chewing in that area of your mouth
  • Swelling, bleeding, and pus near the implant
  • Your implant feels loose (this might only be a problem with the crown on top of the implant, but it still warrants prompt attention from a dentist)

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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If you believe something might be wrong with one of your dental implants, please reach out to us as soon as you can. Our dentists will examine your mouth and jaw, ask you about your symptoms, and go over your treatment options. When we catch a failed dental implant early enough, we may be able to save it with conservative, inexpensive measures, such as with a dental deep cleaning or antibiotic therapy.

However, if the implant or the nearby tissue is too severely damaged, it’s likely that we’ll have to remove the implant entirely. From there, we can address the issue directly through bone grafting, gum disease therapy, or some other treatment. Afterward, we can discuss the possibility of your receiving another dental implant.