Don’t Risk Your Dental Implant Investment
While dental implants are a long-term solution to replacing missing teeth, if they are not properly cared for, they can still fail. Failing dental implants occur when disease or damage has affected the location of the implant, causing the bone or gum tissue to reject the prosthetic tooth. If a failing dental implant is not treated by a specialist, then there is a high chance you will lose the dental implant just as if you lost the tooth it replaced. Dr. Michael Noffze is a specialist in dental implants and can treat a failing dental implant to save your investment and keep your smile healthy and complete.
Reasons You May Experience A Failing Dental Implant
Peri-implantitis is a condition similar to periodontal disease that affects the bone and gums surrounding a dental implant. Peri-implantitis will weaken the supporting structures and cause a failing dental implant.
Accidents that occur to a dental implant can loosen the implant post within the jaw bone or cause a failure of the bone to integrate with the prosthesis. Similar to a tooth being knocked out, a dental implant can also be broken in the jaw.
Lack of Jaw Bone Support
If you do not have proper bone support in your jaw, a dental implant can become loose and unsupported. Typically, a bone graft is performed prior to implant placement, but additional bone grafts can be added to an implant site if necessary.
Improper care for your oral health is the leading cause of failing dental implants. Lack of brushing or flossing, or overly aggressive brushing and flossing can both hurt the supporting structures and cause an unsuitable foundation for the implant.
The Dangers of Peri-Implantitis
Peri-implantitis is a leading cause of failing dental implants and is a destructive process that affects both the gums and bone supporting an implant. Common symptoms are similar to those of periodontal (gum) disease, including bleeding when brushing or flossing or inflamed gums. Additionally, bone and gum loss can occur, which causes the implant to become loose and makes the threaded post visible above the gum line. If left to progress, peri-implantitis will cause failing dental implants to require removal and be placed again after the disease is cleansed.
Trust Your Care to a Dental Implant Specialist
Failing dental implants can be saved with proper treatment from an experienced specialist doctor. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental implant specialist and is able to provide effective treatments to save compromised implants. As a trained medical doctor and experienced implant specialist with over 400 implants placed per year, Dr. Noffze can handle even the most complex cases of failing dental implants in Fargo, ND. We can save your implant investment and get your smile back to a healthy, beautiful condition you deserve.