by on February 12, 2012

Dental implant failure is very rare; statistics collected over the years have shown that the risk of dental implant failure is about 2-3%.  In other words dental implant success rate is more than ninety five percent. Implant failure can occur due to numerous reasons, this could be biological or microbiological factors, biomechanical factors, biomaterial factors, or due to implant surface treatments.

Complications that may arise during the implant procedure are; nerve damage causing impairment, failure to use the three-dimensional radiographic techniques may result in placing fixtures in positions where they impinge on nerves that run through the jaw, this ultimately results in persistent numbness, tingling, or pain. A patient may also experience infection if poorly fitted fixtures or improper techniques are used. Another type of dental implant failure is loose implants, this can happen if the implant has become infected or if the implants are placed under load prematurely, also if they are placed in bone that isn’t solid enough, they can become loose. The body may also reject the implant, however, this rarely happens because the material used is titanium and it doesn’t react at all with live tissue in the mouth.

From the vast knowledge that they have and their high qualifications, Brighton Implant clinic dentists recommend that dental implants should be done by professionally qualified implant dentists. There are those dentists who try to place dental implants with only a two-dimensional panoramic x-ray. While a panoramic x-ray is adequate for most dental surgery, it isn’t enough for properly placing implants. To achieve a successful implant a patient should have good bone depth and mass, the implant cannot be placed on a thin or narrow bone. A thin bone needs strengthening to provide the adequate depth and bone mass where the implant can be inserted, this can only be done when the bone depth is diagnosed correctly using 3d imaging technology.

Another cause of dental implant failure is incorrect dental implant placement; this can be brought about by poor diagnosis, because it is during the diagnostic phase that the decision is made where to place the implant. Improper communication between the restorative dentist and the surgeon could also lead to this type of problem.

An infection of the implant area could also cause the dental implant to fail, infections would probably prevent the formation of new bone mass at the implant socket and so the implant will definitely become loose. Some other causes of implant failure may be poor/substandard implant fixtures, poor quality of the jaw bone and some other health factors.

There are ways in which you can be able to prevent failure in dental implants. The most important thing to do is to seek the qualified dental implant professionals as this is one sure way to improve the chances of successful surgery.


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