One of the greatest benefits of dental implants in St. Louis is that they offer exceptional longevity when you commit to excellent home care and regular checkups with your dentist. Dental implants also have a 95 percent success rate. But with that said, if a dental implant should fail, we can often successfully replace it and restore your tooth and your smile.
What Causes Dental Implant Failure?
If a dental implant fails within a few months of placement, it is typically due to improper healing, which could be caused by micromotion, small movement during healing that disturbs the integration process. Or sometimes, bone support is not successful, and the implant fails to bond and fuse successfully with the bone.
When an implant fails a year or more down the road, it may often be because of trauma, poor oral hygiene, or an infection. In these cases, we may need to remove your implant.
Can We Replace a Failed Implant?
While each case is different, dental implant replacement is typically possible. If failure resulted from a lack of enough bone support, a bone grafting procedure can rebuild the bone, and we can replace the implant.
Sometimes your implant dentist in St. Louis can save the implant without having to remove it and start over. Each case is different, and Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS does his best to assess your situation and provide the treatment you need to retain your implant and maintain your smile.
Your Dental Implant Consultation in Bridgeton, MO
One of the reasons dental implants have such a high success rate is because Dr. Burgdorf does a thorough evaluation before each implant procedure to ensure the patient's overall general health and that there's enough bone structure present to support the implant successfully. Following these protocols ensures the best outcome for your dental implant procedure.