Dental implants and its potential failures
Trying to strike a good first impression can be tough, but it can be made easier with healthy and aesthetically-pleasing teeth. In order to achieve that, we may consider fixing the damages our teeth go through by implementing dental implants or cheaper options like mini dental implants to salvage these damages instead of removing the teeth entirely. However, there are downsides to everything, including dental implants. Here are some of the reasons why your dental implants may fail, and what you can do to prevent them from doing so.
About dental implant
Dental implant is an oral surgery to replace root teeth with metal screws and replacing damaged teeth with artificial ones that look and function like natural teeth. It often varies from individual to individual and depends on the state of one’s jawbone.
Different types of dental implants:
directly surgically implanted into the jawbone. It requires follow up surgery that connects the post to the first implant after the gum tissue heals, finishing up by mounting an artificial tooth to the post.
the procedure involves a metal frame being fitted into the jawbone directly beneath the gum tissue. The structure becomes fixed to the jawbone as the gums heal, finishing up with the artificial tooth being attached to the post.
Now you know a little more about this prosthodontics, we will be introducing to you its potential failures and what you can do to overcome them or prevent them.
Five potential failures of dental implants
Loading too early
Dental implants fit bones differently based on several factors, namely bone density, occlusion, patient health, etc. Sometimes, patients request to load their implants sooner than the dentist would recommend, based on events that were upcoming in the near future. Unfortunately, some of these situations have led to implant failure, patient dissatisfaction, and significant loss of money.
It is recommended to ensure that your implants are fully stable for several months, before loading. The time for a typical titanium implant to integrate into bone varies, but it usually ranges from about three to six months. While stable implants are able to be successfully loaded before that, in order to prevent dental implant failure, it is highly recommended and encouraged that the loading begins after that timeframe.
Infection around your dental implants
Infections around your dental implants can result in failure of implementation. These infections are called Peri-implantitis. It is a condition where there is inflammation of the gum/bone around your dental implant. Patients typically get a swelling or pus collection next to the implant, which may have a weird smell and taste. This can result in bone loss and implant failure.
These infections are usually a result of bacteria being present during oral surgery, or post-surgery due to the lack of sanitation and oral hygiene. It can also be caused by wrongly placed dental cement. In order to prevent this infection, it is essential to have good oral hygiene. Daily dental care should include flossing and brushing twice a day in order to protect your dental implant against peri-implantitis.
Overloading of dental implants
Overloading is the term used when there is dental implant failure as a result of forces placed on the protruding abutment and/or crown. These forces disrupt the osseointegration process. In some cases, your dentist may sometimes suggest implementing immediate loading, which is a one-stage treatment method where the crown and abutment are placed on the dental implant immediately after the implant is inserted.
While this is acceptable and can work in some cases, when biting forces are not properly managed, it can lead to the failure of dental implants. Patients who suffer from bruxism (heavy grinding) can cause overloading on dental implants. In order for you to prevent overloading from happening, it is key that your dentist only loads after three to six months like we mentioned above, to avoid subjecting your dental implant to the stress of biting and chewing.
Mini dental implants
Some patients may choose to get mini implants instead of regular ones since they are known as the more affordable and cheap dental implants. However, mini implants come with their own set of disadvantages. Since the mini implants the support of bones in order for them to carry out their function, they cannot be used in an area of the jaw with inadequate vertical bone or if there has been too much bone loss. For people who often grind their teeth regularly, mini dental implants are highly discouraged since it is very easy for the implants to wear down and lead to mini dental implant failure.
Nerve and tissue injury
While this is rare, nerves and tissues injury close to where your dental implants are placed can lead to dental implant failure. Patients may experience chronic pain, tingling or numbness in their cheek, gums, tongue, lips, or chin due to the proximity of dental implants being too close to that of the nerves. This could lead to temporary or permanent nerve damage, and essentially the removal of dental implants. In order to prevent this from happening, make sure to contact an experienced dentist and visit them when there is continuous bleeding after the surgery.
Conclusion on Dental implants
Yes, we know that getting dental implants may be tempting since bright smiles and healthy looking teeth allows you to make a good first impression. But it is key for you to read up and understand more about dental implants before making a sound decision. We hope that with the reasons provided above, you are able to make an informed decision and prevent any dental implant failures from happening.
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