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Dental Implant Failure and Salvage – Louisville, KY

Protecting Your Grin After Dental Implants Fail

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With a success rate of 95%, it goes without saying that dental implants are unlikely to fail. That said, if problems do arise, you can rest assured that Dr. Cordini and the rest of our team at Cordini Periodontics are prepared to help. If you have noticed any signs that make you think that something is wrong with your dental implants, please give us a call right away; the sooner we see you, the sooner we can start discussing your treatment options.

Why Choose Cordini Periodontics for Dental Implant Salvage?

  • Caring, Experienced Periodontist
  • Sedation for Nervous Patients
  • State-of-the-Art Technology

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The leading cause of dental implant failure is a form of gum disease called peri-implantitis. This condition essentially involves harmful bacteria attacking the tissues around your implant posts. If enough damage is done, the dental implants could potentially come loose.

Of course, there are other possible explanations for dental implant failure. Some notable examples include failed osseointegration (meaning the implant posts do not successfully join with the jaw), physical trauma, and certain medical issues.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

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It’s important to note that dental implant failure can occur at any point. Some patients don’t experience any problems until years down the line; others might suffer from troublesome symptoms not long after their dental implants have been placed.

Signs that you may be dealing with failed dental implants include the following:

  • Pain that doesn’t go away over time.
  • An implant post that has come loose.
  • Suddenly having trouble biting and chewing.
  • Swelling and/or bleeding around your dental implant posts.
  • Pus appearing on your gums.

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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We’ll begin by performing an examination of your mouth to gather more information about the state of your dental implant and what the true root of the problem is. Once the underlying cause has been identified, we can give you our recommendation. If, for example, you have peri-implantitis, we can take steps to treat the infection.

In some cases, it is possible to restore your oral health without removing the actual dental implants. Of course, there are situations where taking the implants out might be necessary, but you may be able to have new ones placed once the problem has been successfully treated.