The Ailing, Failing Dental Implant
The majority of dental implants placed today are root form implants. If an implant is exhibiting signs or symptoms of pain, swelling, redness or irritation, purulence or drainage from its location - it may be ailing or failing. It would be appropriate to visit with Dr. Michael Allard to schedule a consultation with x-rays and a possible CT scan to better assess its prognosis.
A failing dental implant will show signs of bone loss (early/late). The cause of this bone loss must be determined. Causes range from inappropriate or incomplete healing, poor hygiene, a traumatic bite or a host of other factors.
If Dr. Michael Allard deems it feasible to attempt debridement (mechanical and chemical), concomitant bone grafting with platelet rich plasma most likely will be necessary.
The ailing implant is the least severe of the three categories. Any signs of inflammation with the soft tissue and/or bone may be indicators that the patient would be well served to have an expert with implants like Dr. Allard in Glendale, AZ assess the situation.
Osseointegration is the process of the titanium implant fusing to your bone. It is often the case that the reason the implant is having issues is that certain protocols have not been strictly adhered to. The size and shape of the implants may have played a role. Length of integration times (premature loading) may play a role in conjunction with the type of bone that the implant was placed into, the types of bone grafting used in the guided bone regeneration procedures, and the overall oral and systemic health of the patient.
Broken or fractured implant screws and abutments do occur and may play a role in this manifesting itself. If this does develop, the implant may require removal and the site need to be re-grafted. Dr. Allard will assess if a new implant is possible.
Defective implants do exist and can develop problems. Varied sizes and shapes of implants can become overburdened by the mechanical factors involved in chewing and once overloaded, implants can fail. If this is the case, the implant must be removed atraumatically so as to not extend the area of damage. Guided bone regeneration is generally also indicated.
The type of restoration and the type of materials used do play a role. From the materials used in fabricating single crowns and/or multi-unit restorations to the overall thought-process in carrying out a comprehensive restorative plan by the restorative expert—all of these factors must be well thought-out in maximizing the final result and avoiding potential pitfalls.
Implants can and do fail from time to time. Patients who suspect that they have an existing implant problem should seek an immediate evaluation from Dr. Allard in Glendale, AZ before the problem progresses to include the surrounding teeth and bone.