For many patients, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. They offer a way to chew and speak with confidence again. Despite having a success rate of around 95%, this treatment does not always work out. There are many reasons why dental implants fail. In this blog, we will explore some common reasons why implants fail, as well as ways to prevent dental implant failure.
Reasons Why Implants Fail
There are many reasons why dental implants may fail. Some of the most common reasons include:
This is one of the most common reasons for implant failure. Peri-implant diseases, or infections, can occur at any time during the treatment process, from the initial surgery to long-term follow-up care. It is important to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria to reduce the risk of infection.
Poor Bone Health:
If you do not have enough healthy bone in your jaw to support an implant, the implant may fail. This is often due to gum disease or other oral health problems. In cases where your dentist does not think you have enough bone mass, a bone graft or sinus lift may be performed to increase the chances of success.
Smoking & Alcohol Consumption
Smoking can increase the risk of implant failure. This is because smoking weakens the gum and bone tissue, and slows down the healing process. Excess alcohol consumption has also been found to impair osseointegration, meaning the implant may not attach properly to the bone.
Poor Oral Hygiene:
If you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, plaque and bacteria can build up around the implant. This can lead to infections, such as gum disease and/or peri-implant diseases. Both of these can result in implant failure.
Tips to Prevent Implant Failure
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
One way to help prevent implant failure is to have a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. It is also important to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If plaque or tartar builds up around the implant, it can increase the risk of infection.
Avoid Smoking & Alcohol Consumption
Smoking and alcohol consumption can both impair osseointegration and increase the risk of implant failure. If you are unable to quit smoking or drinking, at least try to reduce your intake as much as possible. However, be advised that some dentists will not perform dental implant surgery on patients who cannot stop smoking, since it will negatively affect the outcome of the procedure.
Follow Postoperative Instructions
After your dental implant surgery, it is important to follow your dentist’s postoperative instructions closely. This includes taking any medication prescribed, keeping the area clean and free of bacteria, and adhering to temporary dietary restrictions. Since the success of dental implants is heavily reliant on patient compliance, this is a highly effective way to prevent dental implant failure.
Overall, dental implants have a high success rate with a low chance of implant failure. Nevertheless, there is still a small risk associated with getting dental implants. By knowing about the common reasons why implants fail and following the above tips, you can help reduce the risk of dental implant failure. For more information on dental implants, please contact our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.