Types of Dental Implant Failure
You can recognize a dental implant infection by any redness or soreness in the surrounding tissue, a bad taste or smell coming from the implant site, or a loose fixture. There are several potential causes of infection. These include:
– Bacteria entering the surgical site. This can happen during any surgical procedure and is not generally the result of any wrongdoing on the part of the dentist. It can be treated by a round of antibiotics but, because of this risk, some surgeons will administer a round of antibiotics either before or after the surgery as a matter of routine.
-Using sub-standard fixtures. Because these fixtures do not have a precise fit, there’s a possibility of gaps or loose screws that can breed bacteria.
-Placing an oversized crown. A dentist might try to save money by using what is known as “one-size-fits-all” abutments. While it might not sound like too big of an issue to have a crown that is too large, the pressure on your tissue can lead to inflammation and even an infection.
There are a few things that can lead to a loose tooth implant. On occasion, some practices will try to cut costs and place an implant when there isn’t enough bone structure in the jawbone. Sometimes, especially for denture wearers, the jawbone has shrunk so much that there’s not enough to stabilize a dental implant. The proper thing to do in that situation is to build up the bone with bone grafting. Some dentists don’t know how to do bone grafting, or they may try to short-cut the procedure to present you with a more attractive fee. We will never do that in our office.
Other causes for a loose implant include using cheap fixtures, infection after surgery, or placing the implant under the load of the crown before enough healing time has passed– allowing for osseointegration.
There have been many cases of implants placed in body cavities where they had no business being placed, such as sinus or nose cavities. We also know of implants that were placed where they were impinging on nerves. This causes numbness and discomfort. Hopefully, the damage isn’t permanent and simply re-doing the implant will solve the problem. These misplacements are avoidable by using 3D radiographic technology.
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Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth when done by a qualified dentist. A general dental degree doesn’t give the training necessary for such advanced procedures. You need a dentist with post-graduate training in implant techniques. Dr. Burba has had extensive training through 3i, and is more than qualified to give you great dental implants.
If you think you might need a dental implant, or you have any further questions, feel free to schedule a consultation with our office. You can click here or call us @ (978) 744-7575.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, with a practice in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.