Reasons Not To Get Dental Implants

Hey there! It’s Adrian Kat from Advanced Dental Artistry. Today, let’s talk about dental implants and some of the reasons why they may not be the best option for everyone.

Reasons Not To Get Dental Implants
Reasons Not To Get Dental Implants

The Reality of Implant Failure

When it comes to dental implants, no matter how experienced the clinician is or how well the procedure is performed, there is always a chance of failure. Research spanning decades has shown that the survival rate for implants is around 94 to 98 percent. So, if you were to have 100 implants, you could expect a failure rate of two to six percent. It’s crucial to understand this before diving into the process.

Understanding Different Types of Failure

There are two main types of implant failure: latent failures and early failures. Latent failures occur years after the implant is placed and can lead to cosmetic issues, such as gum shrinkage or bone loss around the implant. On the other hand, early failures happen within the first three months and are typically biological in nature. This occurs when the body rejects the implant, preventing proper bone integration and causing soft tissue growth that leads to bone loss.

Importance of Timely Intervention

If an implant fails, it’s essential to act swiftly. Regular reviews within the first three months after placement are crucial to identify any signs of implant rejection. If the implant hasn’t taken, it’s crucial to remove it as soon as possible to prevent further bone loss. Failure to do so can result in insufficient bone for future implant placement.

A Case Study: Daniel’s Experience

Let’s discuss the case of Daniel, who had multiple risk factors such as being a heavy smoker and having diabetes. These health issues already posed challenges to the success of his implants. Despite discussing the risks with Daniel, he opted for the treatment. Unfortunately, the implant failed to heal within the expected timeframe. Due to various circumstances, we couldn’t review him until six months later, and by then, the implant had no surrounding bone. To salvage the situation, removal of the implant was necessary, along with the placement of a new implant in the correct position and re-engineering his existing bridge.

Swift Action is Key

In cases of failed implants, acting quickly is crucial. Whether it’s a single implant or an All-On-Four case, immediate removal of the failed implant is necessary. In some instances, bone grafting may be required, and if acted upon promptly, a new implant can be placed in the correct position to reuse the bridge, avoiding the need for a completely new one. It’s important to note that each failed implant case is unique, and there may be additional costs associated with revision treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at 1800SMILING. We’re here to guide you through the process and ensure your smile stays bright and healthy!

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