Problems with Dental Implants
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Dental implants have become the standard of care in Dentistry and they can successfully restore the chewing ability and improve facial dimensions and esthetics for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth and whether you need an Implant supported crown, bridge or over denture depends upon the extent of tooth loss.
Treatment planning plays a major role in the success of the implant supported restoration. Dentist must pay attention to several factors like evaluation of patients medical history and risk factors, presence of adequate foundation bone, how many teeth are missing, does patient need facial support with implant restoration etc. Occlusal analysis also plays an important role as the implant supported restoration must be protected from excessive bite forces in the mouth and should be engineered for longevity.
The dental implant success rate is more than 95% and a well designed implant supported restorations can last more than 20 years. However, dental implants occasionally fail due to variety of reasons:
Failed Osseointegration– Many factors can induce this like placing implant in inadequate low density bone or habits like smoking that affects successful wound healing and osseointegration or some immune compromising medical conditions.
Peri-Implantits (Infection) – This is the infection of the bone around the implant leading to bone loss and implant exposure. It is important to treat existing gum disease before trying to get a dental implant.
Mechanical failure – This is caused by the mechanical failure or breakage of the screw or abutment. Underlying causes may be poor treatment planning that neglected potential excessive occlusal forces causing excessive boneloss around implant and restoration failure.
When the dental implant fails inside the mouth, it will create a very difficult situation for the patient and treatment challenges for the dentists. It may be possible to save the dental implant or the restoration if the problems are identified early. Patients are advised to go for routine exam and xrays and it Is important to detect any problems early on. Patients are advised to consult a specialist dentist (Prosthodontist) if they suspect that their dental implant is failing.
Prosthodontists are specialists with additional three years of training after regular dental school. Prosthodontics training focus solely on complex restorative dentistry that includes full mouth reconstruction, missing tooth replacement with dental implants, implant supported full mouth reconstructions, implant supported fixed and removable dentures, esthetic crowns, veneers, esthetic dentures. Dr.Devi is an expert on dental implants and her research work on dental implant restoration is published in the prestigious academic journal of prosthodontics.
Dr.Devi is available for a Free Consult at Surprise Family Dentistry. Please call (623)556-5510 today if you need a free consult or second opinion.