Dental implants have a success rate of about 95 percent. However, there is a chance that you will develop issues with your implants at some point – months or even years down the road. In most cases, implant problems involve only the restoration and can be fixed with a simple replacement. More severe issues with the implant itself may require dental implant restoration. At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, we can coordinate any type of implant revision surgery with one of our trusted surgical partners. Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch can also attach a replacement restoration if your crown, bridge, or denture fails.
Implant Failure & Other Concerns
Issues with dental implants are actually very rare, which is why implant-supported restorations are such a great tooth replacement option. Multiple studies have shown that implant posts have excellent long-term success rates, especially when placed by a skilled oral surgeon.
Early intervention is the best way of preventing implant failure. Our doctors can evaluate your smile to identify any concerns.
The most common concerns dental implants patients face involve the restoration. Your crown, bridge, or denture can become loose, worn, or broken, leaving the implant below intact. In these situations, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch can simply attach a new restoration to the post.
Common signs of dental implant failure include:
- Gum inflammation
- Receding gums
- Difficulty chewing
- Loosening of the implant
- Severe pain or discomfort
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away. These symptoms can indicate serious complications, such as infection, sinus issues, or allergic reactions to the titanium alloy in implants. In some cases, prompt treatment can reverse these issues and restore the health and stability of your implant. However, if your implant fails, you may need to undergo revision surgery.
Your Options for Dental Implant Repair
The right restorative treatment for your implants will depend on the issues you are facing.
For Broken or Lost Restorations
If your restoration has fallen off, bring it into your appointment. Fixing this issue is often as simple as reattaching the appliance to your implant posts. However, we may need to adjust, repair, or replace it depending on the state of the device.
For Loose or Broken Implants
Repairing a failed dental implant typically involves four steps:
- Removing the post
- Replacing any lost bone tissue with a dental graft
- Placing a new implant post
- Attaching your existing appliance or an entirely new one
Our team can coordinate dental implant revision surgery with one of our surgical partners.
The process is very similar to your original implant treatment. However, it is crucial to determine what caused the failure and take steps to prevent the same issue from happening again. These steps may include quitting smoking, treatment for gum disease, better preparation before the procedure, or additional care during the healing process.
Protect Your Smile
If you are experiencing issues with your implant-supported restoration, reach out to our team right away. Early intervention is the best way of preventing implant failure. For more information about dental implants or revision surgery, contact our office online or call (512) 458-6222 today.