Possible Causes of Implant Failure

Everybody looks good when they smile, especially when it’s a full smile of healthy looking teeth. Teeth are prone to different diseases, such as tooth decay, root canal, toothache, sensitive teeth and bleeding gums over the course of time and possibly due to improper care. A number of techniques have been developed to treat dental infections; however when these infections become severe they can cause huge problems, including situations in which extraction of the tooth is the only option.

The process of placing a prosthetic tooth in place of a missing tooth is done with dental implants. It is positioned in the jaw by an implant specialist. Once successfully placed, the implant is left for a certain period of time so that the bone fuses with the implant enough to hold the tooth. It is usually made of titanium, as titanium is very well endured in the body. These are some of the common reasons dental implants fail.

Not Enough Supporting Bone

The prerequisites of a dental implant involve the consent of the implant dentist. The specialist first of all determines that the patient has well enough supporting bone to accommodate an implant and the prosthetic tooth. A specific surgical process is then followed to place the implant into the bone. Special consideration is to be made to ensure the implant is not rejected by the patient’s body.

Cutting through the gum tissue is required to properly position the implant to the jaw bone. After cutting and placing of the gum tissue and implant respectively, the gum will be sewn up to the implant or around it so that it can fuse appropriately with the bone. The implant is then is left to heal for some time, sometimes for months to ensure the unification of the implant and the tooth is tough enough to hold the prosthetic tooth.


A worst case scenario could result in implant failure. The statistics reveal that five percent of lower jaw and 10 percent of upper jaw implants fail. A possible reason for this could be the presence of bacteria in the jawbone before the implant is inserted. In that case when the implant in position in the bone, it can set free the bacteria and the tissue surrounding the implant is loosened by them. The germ infected implant ultimately becomes swollen and reddened which fails to heal and the implant can fail.

Aftercare Services

Another reason for the failure of an implant could be the negligence of aftercare of the tooth. It is imperative to follow all the guidelines given by the dentist after an implant so that the implant is successful and will never cause any issues. If after an implant and while following all the guidelines if a patient notices swelling or tenderness around the operated area, then the specialist should be consulted immediately as it could be a sign of infection.

Improper Placement

A dental implant can also fail if the implant is not correctly placed. An improperly placed implant is likely to be displaced again and again by the movement of the mouth while eating and talking. The patients should go for an implant only if a qualified and experienced dentist is involved.