Older Male Smiling With Dental ImplantsWhat Are the Signs of Dental Implant Failure?

Though dental implants are largely one of the most successful dental procedures with an over 95% success rate, complications can and do happen. As with any medical procedure, there can be risks associated, and though rare, implants can sometimes fail. One of the most vital aspects of getting a dental implant is choosing the right doctor – someone seasoned and experienced with dental implants. At Lytle, Tate & Stamper, our doctors are highly skilled at dental implantation and are dedicated to ensuring a successful procedure.

Are There Risk Factors that Increase Dental Implant Failure?

There are some conditions in which dental implant failure could be more likely to occur. Some of these are avoidable, whereas others are more unpredictable. In some instances, a patient’s body may react negatively to having a foreign object in their mouth, or they may even end up having an allergy that forces the body to reject the implant.

Some factors, however, are easier to avoid. Good dental hygiene is key to preventing infections. Even though your new teeth cannot decay, the bone surrounding them can still become infected. Infection around an implant can significantly impact the longevity of a dental implant.

With this in mind, our knowledgeable doctors and staff will thoroughly review your health history and habits for any risk factors such as diabetes or smoking and create an individualized treatment plan specifically for you.

Signs of Dental Implant Failure

As with any medical procedure, it is quite important to keep a close eye on your implants following surgery. Here are some major items to be on the lookout for that could be signs of dental implant failure:

  • Pain or discomfort: Some pain during the healing process is absolutely normal. However, if pain continues after your healing should be completed, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
  • Redness and swelling: Inflammation at your dental implant site could be a sign of something more serious. While swelling is a natural part of your recovery, red and irritated gums should not be ignored.
  • Looseness of the implant: Once one of our dental implant specialist has placed your implant, there should be no looseness or movement. The dental implant will be placed into your bone as a substitute for your tooth roots, and the bone should graft around the implant and create a strong biological bond. If your implant does not feel secure, it is likely a sign that the dental implant has failed.

While all of these signs can be worrying, it is important to note that dental implant patients have an extraordinarily high success rate. The remarkably trained staff at Lytle, Tate & Stamper are here for you to ensure your procedure goes smoothly at any of our state-of-the-art facilities in Pasadena, Glendale, or La Cañada.

Call today to schedule your consultation!

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