Failed Implant Revision

I have done a great deal of implant revisions on implants that have, unfortunately, failed over the years and have been sent to me to repair. We are always very sensitive to these issues and will guide the patient from start to finish as this can be a frustrating experience. 

Realistically, with the natural “wear & tear” process taken into account, dental implants have a success rate of “85-90%.” Many factors affect the longevity of dental implants, including any changes in the patients health, which with time are very likely to happen. Of course, the earlier we can detect implant failure the better.  Listed below are some signs of implant failure:

  1. Gum inflammation
  2. Receding gums
  3. Difficulty chewing
  4. Swelling
  5. Loosening of the implant 
  6. Severe pain or discomfort

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should contact your general dentist. In order to confirm dental implant failure, you will likely need an x-ray or CT scan. We will also evaluate why you have experienced implant failure. It is crucial to know the cause in order to resolve it and to assure dental implant revision success. 

Once you are in our office, repairing an implant will entail the following:

  • I will remove the implant and perform a bone grafting procedure, either a basic socket graft or a ridge augmentation procedure, depending on the extent of bone loss.
  • There will be a waiting period of 4-12 weeks to allow healing and for bone to harden. Note that implant failure is due to bone loss for that occured for some reason. Rebuilding that bone foundation properly will ensure the success of the implant revision.
  • Once the bone heals, I will then perform the implant placement surgery.