While dental implants have a high success rate of placement, up to 95%, there is always the risk of failure. At Schmitt Dental, we find that many of our patients will benefit from the placement of dental implants when looking to replace missing teeth. However, they do require proper care and attention to ensure that they are successful. We are committed to helping patients achieve healthy smile and repair the smile when teeth are missing. Patients ready to learn more about the benefits of dental implants may also want to speak to a provider about the reasons for dental implant failure to reduce their risk.
Why do dental implants fail?
There are a few reasons why patients may experience the failure of a dental implant within their smiles. Below are just a few of the more common reasons:
- Improper care. When patients are not brushing and flossing their teeth as they should, they are putting themselves at risk of developing problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. These can cause the natural jawbone to shrink and result in the loosening of restorations such as dental implants.
- Poor implant material. We recommend the placement of titanium metal dental implants, which are the strongest and most durable material available on the market today for tooth replacements. Using cheaper alternatives can increase a patient’s risk of failure.
- Using an inexperienced dentist. Working with a dentist who has a great track record of placing and maintaining dental implants is a must to improve the chances of dental implant success.
- Insufficient bone. An inexperienced dentist may also make the mistake of placing dental implants in a patient who does not have sufficient bone to protect and provide the proper foundation for the restoration. This can lead to failure if bone grafting is not performed beforehand to strengthen the jaw and allow the implant to remain in place.
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The dentists at Schmitt Dental of Clarksville, TN can assist patients with obtaining and caring for dental implants over the course of a lifetime. If you are considering implants to replace one or more teeth in the smile, call our office for an appointment to determine if you are a proper candidate.