Dental implants are convenient teeth replacement alternatives to removable dentures. They are also permanent and can last a lifetime, with proper care. You won’t also have to keep returning to the dentist for a bridge adjustment or total replacement. Furthermore, they have aa success rate of over 95%.
Despite these facts, dental implants can still fail in certain situations. For this reason, we at Chicago Dental Arts make sure that you are aware of the possible causes of dental implant failure.
Implant Rejection’s Sole Cause
A dental implant is essentially a prosthetic which the body needs to learn to “accept.” Failure may occur if the body “rejects” the prosthesis. In this case, the body can reject a dental implant if the patient becomes allergic to titanium, the most commonly-used material for dental implant abutments, after the procedure.
Remember that the mouth is one of the most inhospitable environments in the body. With saliva being acidic, introducing a foreign material like the metal abutment of a dental implant into the oral cavity can result in mild corrosion. As a result, the patient may develop an allergy.
Fortunately, allergic reactions are very rare, and corrosion only happens in specific situations:
- The implant is composed of two different metallic materials.
- Tiny spaces and crevices form on the surface of the implant.
The quality of your dental implant matters, then. You can rest assured that at our clinic in dental implants we use are high-quality titanium or zirconium.
Implant Failure Due to Negligence
Poor oral hygiene is another common cause of implant failure. Titanium implants may be durable, but they still require proper care, after all.
This includes thorough brushing. Bacteria exist in the mouth, and although it has its uses, it can also be detrimental to your oral health. With regard to dental implants, bacteria can form around them and the surrounding tissues, resulting in implant failure.
If you already have implants or are about to get one, take care not to neglect your oral hygiene. This is the simplest rule of dental care, yet most people ignore it. Don’t be one of them.
The Dentist Factor
The success of a dental implant also depends on the skill of the dentist. If an inexperienced dentist incorrectly positions the implant, it can result in osseointegration failure.
Osseointegration refers to the merging or anchoring of the dental implant to the jawbone. This process can take a couple of weeks after the procedure. In some cases, however, the implant fails to connect to the jawbone. As mentioned above, incorrect positioning is a cause, along with low bone density, bone or tissue trauma, and nerve damage.
Indeed, a dental implant procedure requires expert handling. A lot rests on the skill of your dentist. If the problem starts from the very beginning, dental implant failure is inevitable even if you do your utmost to care for your implants.
Reduce the risk of dental implant failure. Practice good oral hygiene habits and choose our experienced dentists to perform the procedure. Contact Chicago Dental Arts today.