Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Chicago, IL

We Can Save Your Smile Whenever Possible

Dental implant failure is very uncommon, however it can still happen. At University Dental Professionals, we do everything we can to ensure that your implants last for decades. If failure does occur, we have treatment options to get your smile back to its full health. Read on to learn more about dental implant failure and salvage so you can recognize an issue in the future.

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Why Choose University Dental Professionals for Dental Implant Failure & Salvage?

  • Experienced Team of Dentists
  • Advanced Technology & Comforts
  • Convenient Hyde Park Location

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The most common cause of implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is an infection that destroys the connective tissue around the implant, weakening the jawbone structure that supports it. Usually, this is caused by bad dental hygiene like inconsistent brushing and flossing, which increases the risk of gum disease. Your dental implants can also fail due to various issues, including tobacco use, injury, allergic reactions, issues with osseointegration, sinus difficulties, or preexisting medical conditions.

Symptoms of Failed Dental Implants 

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Dental implants can potentially fail at any time – whether it’s initially during the osseointegration process or years down the road. Routine visits to our office will help you avoid dental risks that can lead to implant failure, but you should still be aware of some of the warning signs. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a failed dental implant in Chicago:

  • Receding gums around the implant
  • Severe discomfort or pain
  • Difficulty chewing on the affected area
  • Loose or shifting dental implant
  • Swollen gums
  • Teeth grinding
  • Allergic reaction

How Dental Implant Salvage Works 

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The first step is to contact our office as soon as you notice that your dental implant is failing. Dental problems will only get more severe and costly if you leave them untreated. Typically, the chances of successfully saving your dental implants are higher if you can visit our office sooner than later. During your appointment, we will examine your smile to determine the cause of the issue. In some cases, we can save your implant with a deep cleaning, antibiotics, and other conservative ways of controlling infection. However, if the damage is too extensive, we may recommend a new dental implant to replace the failed one.