Recognizing Dental Implant Failure

Signs of Dental Implant Failure

While dental implants are options that are sturdy and lasting, there are times and for some reasons they can fail. There are warning signs that will tell you that you may be headed towards a dental implant failure. These signs can either appear early, like just after the procedure or some 3 to 4 months later, or on the other hand, many years later.

One early warning sign is if you feel pain, gum swelling, and discomfort that do not subside after a week. While these symptoms are to be expected as consequences of surgery, they should not linger for too long and severe enough to affect your daily routine. Pain may be present particularly when biting or chewing. You must let your dentist know right away.

You might be experiencing loss of taste, a tingling sensation, and some swelling. These may be allergic reactions to titanium alloy which is present in some implants. See your dentist right away if this is the case and you would need a replacement that does not contain titanium.

Another early sign is when you’ve observed some micromovements of the implant. This means the implant lacks stability and is inserted into the jawbone in spite of little or insufficient bone mass for support. Being so, the implant will not integrate well with bone. Well inserted implants into healthy jawbone do not move as the procedure is meant to keep them securely in place.

Signs of peri-implantitis like redness, leeding, swelling gums, receding gums, and pus may appear around the implant. It’s an infection that if caught early without considerable bone loss can still be reversed. Risk factors for an infection include smoking, poor oral hygiene, and the presence of an autoimmune disease.

Some long-term complications of dental implants include nerve or tissue damage presenting as numbness or tingling sensation in the gums, tongue or lips. This is a consequence of placing the implant very near a nerve. Another reaction, though uncommon, is foreign body rejection, where the body rejects the implant. Site pain, swelling, fever, and chills are symptoms. A complication arises when an upper jaw implant protrudes into the sinus cavity. Another is a subsequent trauma or injury to the face in the area of the implant may lead to its loosening.

Whether your signs and symptoms are of the early or late stage in dental implant failure, see your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as you can for consequent treatment and guidance.


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