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Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Northborough, MA

Preserving Your Restored Smile

Happy patient after dental implant failure and salvage in Northborough

Dental implants thrive in more than 95% of cases — there is no reason for you to expect that something will go wrong with your restored teeth. However, it is important that you be aware of the possibility of a failed dental implant in Northborough. If you ever believe that you may be suffering from this problem, contact us right away. We will evaluate the situation, recommend a treatment, and do all we can to preserve both your oral health and your dental implants.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Peri-implantitis, a common cause of dental implant failure

When dental implants in Northborough fail, it is usually due to an infection known as peri-implantitis, which occurs when bacteria attack the bone and gums around an implant. Eventually, the damage can become so severe that the mouth is no longer able to support the implant. Missteps in oral hygiene are often a major contributing factor to peri-implantitis.

Other possible causes of implant failure include:

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants

Gums receding around implant, a sign of dental implant failure

There are two broad categories of dental implant failure. Early failure occurs shortly after the initial placement surgery, while late failure can happen months, years, or even decades later. Because implants can face problems at any time, it is important that you always be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

Patient smiling after successful dental implant salvage treatment

Call us as soon as you believe there is a problem with your dental implants. Delaying treatment may allow the issue to get worse, increasing the chances that you will require extensive or complex procedures.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will perform a visual examination of your mouth. We might also take some X-Rays or use our CBCT scanner to understand what is happening beneath your gumline. After we gather some information, we will be able to recommend a treatment.

In some cases, something as simple as antibiotic therapy or a new restoration is all that is necessary. However, if the damage to the implant or your oral tissues is severe, we may have to remove the implant altogether. You might also require a bone graft or other restorative treatments. After a healing period of several months, it might be possible for us to insert a new implant. 

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