Dental implants are not only the most natural-looking tooth replacement option available, they’re also made to last. In fact, they have a 98 percent success rate! It’s rare for dental implants to fail and require replacement; however, they can be susceptible to serious problems when certain factors are present. If you have other underlying health issues, neglect your dental hygiene, use tobacco or grind your teeth (a condition known as bruxism), you may be at greater risk for having your dental implants fail.
Peri-implantitis is one of the most common complications that can arise with implants that don’t receive proper care. This condition typically starts with inflamed gums and bone loss around the dental implant. If left untreated, it can lead to severe jaw bone loss, causing the dental implants to fail, and compromising your investment in your smile! Schedule an appointment for an exam in our Basalt, CO office if you experience any of the symptoms below.
Dr. Blue Discusses the Various Causes of Failing Dental Implants
The good news is that, if caught soon enough, full-on peri-implantitis can be prevented. In these cases, Dr. Blue generally clears bacteria buildup from the affected area. If you’re at an advanced stage of the disease, you may require a more thorough cleaning of the area in addition to surgical removal of affected gum tissue, or bone grafting to replace lost bone, before your dental implants can be stabilized.