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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Marshall, TX

Preserving Your Restored Smile

Patient smiling after dental implant failure and salvage in Marshall

Dental implants are among the most successful treatments — for most patients, they are still thriving even 10 years after placement! Of course, it must be acknowledged that a failed dental implant in Marshall can occur. If you ever feel that something isn’t quite right with any of your new teeth, contact our office right away. Dr. Parker will assess the situation, strive to pinpoint the cause of your problem, and recommend a treatment that, hopefully, will be able to save your restored smile.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Illustration of peri-implantitis, a common cause of implant failure

The most common cause of failed dental implants in Marshall is an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria sneak beneath the gumline and attack the tissue around an implant. Eventually, the damage can become so severe that the jawbone can no longer support the implant. Poor oral hygiene is often to blame for peri-implantitis, but other factors can also contribute to it.

Other reasons a dental implant might fail include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Woman touching face, concerned about possible failed dental implant

There are two broad categories of dental implant failure. Early failure occurs soon after placement, while late failure can happen at any time, even years or decades after your initial surgery.

Symptoms of early and late failure are similar and can include:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Dentist and patient discussing plan for dental implant salvage

Seek help as soon as you suspect that something isn’t quite right with your dental implants. The sooner you receive treatment, the more likely it is that we will be able to save your restored smile without using any complex or extensive procedures.

When you get to our office for your appointment, we may take some X-Rays of your mouth and learn about your symptoms. Dr. Parker will carefully evaluate the situation and identify the cause of the problem before he makes a recommendation about your next steps.

In some cases, antibiotic therapy and changes to your oral hygiene routine might be enough to resolve the problem. However, if there is significant damage to the tissue around an implant, it might need to be removed. Then, after some restorative treatments (possibly including a bone graft) and a healing period, it might be possible to place a new dental implant.