The answer to this question may vary between patients. The short answer is yes: most failed implants can be removed and replaced. However, if your implant has failed due to a lack of bone for the tooth to attach to, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure first. Dr. Beauchamp will be able to give you more information once he’s had a chance to review your case.
Failed implants can be caused by a number of things. It might surprise you to know that the most common cause is gum disease. This is another reminder of the extreme importance of maintaining a consistent oral health routine. Other factors are teeth grinding, osteoporosis, some medications, or even cancer treatments. When you understand how your habits contribute to your oral health you can make better choices in the future.
Dental implant failure is not very common. Approximately 90% of implant surgeries are successful and last for decades after the initial procedure. Because of this high success rate, dental implants continue to be the best choice for patients who are in the market for an improved smile. The best way to remain on the right side of this statistic is to continue taking great care of your teeth!
We’re so glad you’re interested in working with Dr. Beauchamp to repair your failed dental implant. We know how unnerving it can be to have a wiggling tooth in your mouth. When you’re ready to start, give us a call. We’ll help you schedule an appointment so you can have a consult with our staff, and have all the necessary imaging done.