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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Reno, NV

Treatment to Maintain Your Newly Rebuilt Teeth


Once you’ve recovered from your dental implant procedure, you’ll be able to fully enjoy a brand-new smile with results that can last decades to a lifetime. In fact, this treatment generally has a success rate of over 95%, meaning you’re highly likely to expect a stable and lifelike restoration with simple maintenance. Even so, the risk of failure is never at zero. Though it’s very rare, you’ll want to keep an eye out for any indications of a failed dental implant so that you can seek salvage treatment from our team. Read on to learn what to look for as well as how we can help!

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

a 3 D example of a dental implant and abutment

The biggest culprit for dental implant failure is typically peri-implantitis. This is a form of periodontal disease that targets the surrounding jawbone and connective tissues that keep the metal posts stable. Without treating it, this infection can spread and weaken or destroy the bone and gums, causing your dental implants to loosen or fail altogether. In many cases, peri-implantitis happens because of poor oral hygiene, but there are also other contributing factors, such as certain medical conditions. Other reasons dental implants can fail include physical injury, medical complications (like diabetes, osteoporosis, and oral cancer), and failed osseointegration.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

a person touching their jaw due to failed dental implant

In very rare cases, a dental implant can fail either weeks after the surgery or many years later. That’s why it’s important to know some of the common symptoms that your new tooth is experiencing some costly issues. These can involve:

  • Intense or unusual discomfort or pain
  • Trouble chewing or biting down
  • Loose dental implant
  • Bleeding and/or swelling in the gum tissue surrounding the implant
  • Gum recession around the dental implant

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

a patient undergoing dental implant salvage treatment

Should you start to experience or notice any of the above complications, or you suspect that there’s a problem with your dental implant(s), don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for help. We’ll thoroughly examine your situation and determine the proper steps necessary for your salvage treatment. This can often involve certain procedures such as scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and other methods for stopping infection. The sooner you’re able to visit us, the better the chance of rescuing your dental implants.