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Dental Implant Salvage – Denver, CO

How We Can Save Your Dental Implants

When placed by a professional, it’s no surprise that dental implants have an average success rate as high as 95 percent. With that said, there are instances where dental implant failure can occur, compromising the longevity of your tooth replacement. If at any time you notice something wrong with your dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact either Dr. Fangman or Dr. Ivey for dental implant salvage in Denver. By visiting them, you may be able to save your dental implant outright!

Why Dental Implants Can Fail

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While it is uncommon, there are a number of ways that dental implants can fail to heal properly. For example, there could be a medical condition that affects the patient’s ability to heal following oral surgery. Additionally, the implant could break as a result of physical trauma, which can occur while playing sports or after suffering a bad fall. If there is not enough bone tissue available to support an implant after placement, the osseointegration process may never occur properly. If peri-implantitis develops, which is an infection characterized by inflammation of soft tissue and bone loss, the implant can become loose and fall out.

Symptoms That Indicate Implant Failure

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Dental implant failure can occur both in the early stages of placement and after multiple years of use. The symptoms of implant failure can vary depending on how long you’ve had the implant.

For example, you’re more likely to experience an infection around the implant or “micro-movements” in the early stages. Under no circumstances should there be any movement of your dental implants following placement.

In contrast, late-stage symptoms of implant failure include:

  • Numbness or tingling sensations in the lips, tongue, gums or face (occurs when an implant is placed too close to the nerve)
  • Increased pain in the implant site, swelling, fever and body chills (occurs when the body rejects the implant)
  • Physical injury that loosened the implant

Regardless of the cause of your implant failure, it is imperative that you call us if you experience a dental implant that feels loose or experiences any type of soreness. The longer you wait to receive treatment, the less likely we will be able to salvage your implant once you arrive.

The Dental Implant Salvage Process

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Dental implant salvage is the process in which a dental implant is saved and does not need to be removed. For example, strong antibiotics can work to treat an infection of the tooth and surrounding tissue. This combined with improvements to your oral care routine can work to kill harmful bacteria, allowing the tissue surrounding the implant to continue healing as intended.

However, if this does not provide positive results, the implant will need to be removed. If there are problems with your bone tissue, they may remove the implant and perform a bone graft. Once the donated bone tissue has healed, the implant can be replaced once more. Alternatively, if an infection compromised the implant’s foundation, it will likely be removed so your body has time to heal. After enough tissue has regenerated and the infection has completely dissipated, our oral surgeons may be able to replace the implant.