Like anything in life, the possibility for failure is always prevalent. While sometimes extremely rare, there is always a chance it occurs. Surgery is no different, which means the dental implant procedure is not exempt. Undergoing the dental implant procedure, or any procedure will take time, money, and healing, so for your implants to fail would be detrimental. While dental implants fall under the extremely rare end of the failing spectrum, it is still a risk. Here are some items to consider prior to undergoing the implant procedure to make failure even less of a possibility.
Jaw Bone Density:
If your jaw bone is not dense enough, your implants have a likely chance of failure. Prior to your implants being placed, you will go through a consultation with your dentist and their team. At this time, they will alert you to your bone deficiency, and request that you endure bone grafting. Bone grafting will resupply your jaw bone with sufficient mass, which will allow for your implants to have a strong base. Without bone grafting taking place, your implants will have not a lot to latch onto and form to, which could cause the failure. When you receive dental implant surgery, the rods that are placed act as the roots of your new teeth, which then will fuse to your bone. Without bone strength, your titanium rods will not have a chance to fuse. This will cause the failure, as your implants will not be secure.
Receding Gum Line:
Another possible reason for dental implant failure is if you require gum grafting prior to your surgery, and that does not take place. If you have receding gums and you opt out of having gum grafting, for one reason or another, it could potentially cause your implants to fail. This is because the soft tissues in your mouth provide a structure for your teeth, holding them firmly in place. Without this, your teeth will be exposed, causing sensitivity and other negative issues.
Dental implant failure, as previously stated is extremely rare. If you need a procedure prior to your implant surgery, your doctor will choose to have you undergo the other procedures, or deem you not an ideal candidate for the surgery.
Contact your doctor if you believe you are an ideal candidate for dental implant surgery. If you need the other procedures associated, as your dentist for more information, prior to the procedure to ensure your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. You should not fear dental implant failure, as it is rare.