Failed Dental Implant Options

Failed Dental Implant Options

Most people who opt for dental implants do so because they’re looking for a durable, long-term solution for missing teeth. And in most cases, the implants last for decades.  But sometimes, implant failure does happen. As unfortunate and disappointing as it is, there are effective solutions, each depending on the cause of the implant failure. Here’s what you need to know.


What causes implants to fail?

The success of dental implants relies on two major conditions. First, the jawbone has to grow around the implant to secure it in place through a process called osseointegration. There are a number of different factors that can negatively impact the success of the osseointegration process.  These may include:

  • Poor implant placement
  • Inadequate jawbone
  • Radiation therapy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gum disease


Secondly, although dental implants do not require specialized care, they do require the same care as natural teeth. This means daily flossing and brushing and visits to the dentist.  Implant failure is often the cause of certain destructive habits or the failure to properly care for the implants. Some specific causes of dental implant failure include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth grinding
  • Excessive stress on implants
  • Smoking


The good news is that even when dental implants fail, there are options for correcting the implant failure and restoring a full, healthy smile.


Options for failed dental implants

Whether your implant has been broken, or it feels wobbly, or you’re experiencing pain at the implant site, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner your dentist can uncover the cause for the implant failure, the sooner they’ll be able to correct the problem and restore your ability to chew, laugh, and talk freely and without pain. Options for correcting failed implants and rejuvenating the smile depend on the type and cause of implant failure. For example:

  • A broken implant caused by bruxism can be removed and replaced with a new implant. A mouth guard for sleeping would also be advised to ensure the longevity of the new implant.
  • In the case of failed osseointegration due to inadequate jawbone, a bone graft may be needed before the implant can be replaced.
  • Implant failure caused by strain from an incorrect bite will make it necessary to correct bite problems in order to ensure the durability of future implants.


In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all for failed implants. The only way to know for sure which type of treatment will be most appropriate for correcting your failed implants is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hage.


Failed dental implants? Call Smile Designers!


At Smile Designers in San Diego, we’re committed to patient education, comfort, and satisfaction. If you’re experiencing pain, breakage, or looseness of any of your dental implants, we can help. During your consultation, we’ll perform a thorough evaluation to determine the exact cause of your implant failure, and then we’ll design a treatment plan to correct it so you can get back enjoying the foods you love as soon as possible. We’ll also do everything we can to keep you comfortable every step of the way. To learn more about your options for correcting dental implant failure or to schedule consultation, give us a call at (619) 222-6000 today.