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Implant Failure | Treatment by Top Implant Surgeons

Dental Implant Failure

Suffering from Dental Implant Failure? An experienced dental surgeon can fix it easily

Dental Implants Failure

Dental implant failure is something that is very much possible. No matter how durable or long-lasting dental implants are, due to negligence, poor dental hygiene, or external factors, they can get affected. When your implant is affected, it can cause severe discomfort. It can also lead to further oral health complications. For that reason, you need to get the implant failure treated.

Dental Implants – What are they?

Implants or fixtures are a very effective option to replace lost teeth. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implant fixtures make a perfect choice to fill in the gaps. They are durable, in fact, they last a lifetime with proper care, and they look and function like real teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement alternatives, implants are more comfortable.

Why do implants fail?

  • Peri-implantitis
  • Failed osseointegration
  • Nerve and tissue damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Overloading
  • Allergic reaction
  • Foreign body rejection
  • Failure of the implant itself


Peri-implantitis, or infection, is one of the main causes of dental implant failure. The infection can form during the implant surgery or after the surgery when the bacteria somehow form in the mouth. The dental cement, which is used to fix the crown onto the titanium post, can also cause the infection when it leaks from under the crown and gets caught in the gums.

Peri-implantitis affects the hard and soft tissues as well as the bone surrounding the implant. A form of gum disease, peri-implantitis, can also cause bone loss and dental implant failure. The condition can sometimes be treated, but in most instances, the implant needs to be removed and replaced. Patients with thin gums, patients with diabetes, smokers, and those with poor oral hygiene are more vulnerable to peri-implantitis.

Failed Osseointegration

Osseointegration refers to the development of a direct functional and structural connection between the patient’s bone and an artificial dental implant. This development process takes place over the course of several weeks or months after the implant is placed. The failure of the implant is associated with the failure of the jawbone to merge properly together with the implant. An implant is considered to be a failure when it is loose, falls out, or shows signs of bone loss. Many factors can cause this to happen including, insufficient bone density, incorrect positioning, damage to surrounding tissues, overloading, trauma, or fractured implants.

Healthy density and volume of bone should be present before integrating an implant. For patients who lack enough bone, procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift can help. With enough bone density and volume, the success of the implant increases.

Nerve and Tissue Damage

Another likely, but a rare problem is the damage to the tissue, specifically the nerves, surrounding the implant. When an implant fixture is placed too close to the nerve, the patient may experience lingering pain, numbness or tingling in his or her cheek, tongue, chin, lips, or gums. The nerve and tissue damage could be temporary or permanent, and the implant fixture might need to be removed. In most cases, nerve and tissue damage problem results due to mistakes made by an inexperienced or inept dentist.

During the implant procedure, some tissue damage will occur, and it is normal. After the surgery, bleeding and discomfort are to be expected for a couple of days. If the discomfort is extreme, bleeding is excessive, or these bleeding and discomfort last longer than a few days, you should talk to your dentist.

Sinus Problems

Another major concern for implants, replacing teeth along the upper row, is the impact they can have on the sinuses. Due to the presence of the sinuses and insufficient bone density in the upper back jaw, the implant procedure in this area is difficult.

In order to develop a better bone foundation, the surgeon may perform sinus grafts. The aim of a sinus augmentation procedure is to create more bone in the upper back jaw in order to better support an implant. If the implant juts out into the sinus cavity, however, the area can become inflamed and infected.


Sometimes, the surgeon may decide to perform immediate loading procedure. During this procedure, the abutment and crown are placed on the implant immediately after the titanium post is inserted surgically into the jawbone of a missing tooth. The normal implant procedure, on the other hand, consists of two stages, and it provides enough time for the implant to fuse to the jawbone before attaching the abutment and crown. The benefits of the immediate loading procedure include shorter treatment times, less post-surgical care, and quicker recovery. This swift procedure, however, can lead to complications as implant integration is still incomplete.

Overloading refers to the failures caused by excessive force or pressure applied to the protruding abutment and crown. This force or pressure can upset the osseointegration process easily, which again leads to an implant failure. Patients with inadequate bone density may not be the right candidates for immediate loading procedure.

Allergic Reaction

These days, implants are usually made of a titanium alloy, which sometimes also contains some minor traces of nickel. Although very rare, some patients can have an inflammatory or allergic reaction to titanium alloy. The allergic symptom can range from tingling or burning sensation to swelling to oral dryness to loss of taste to even chronic fatigue syndrome. The MELISA, short for Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulation Assay, test is the only way to verify whether you have an allergy to titanium or any other metal.

In case you are allergic to titanium, you can still get implants. Instead of titanium implants, you will need to choose zirconia implants. Like titanium, zirconia implants are durable, but they are free from metal.

Foreign Body Rejection

Just like any organ transplants, it is likely that a patient’s body may reject the implant. It is rare, but some patients’ body may reject the implant. In such a case, the human body considers the implant as a foreign object, which does not belong and pushes it out. The end result of a foreign body rejection is a loose implant.

Failure of the Implant Itself

Despite being made of a very strong metal, titanium, it is possible for the metal post to bend or break. Failure of the implant itself is less common than it was several years ago, thanks to the advancements in the design and materials of the implant. Nevertheless, failure is still possible. When subject to extreme external forces, an implant can bend or crack. For instance, a sudden impact, like a blow to the face, can damage the implant. Excessive, constant pressure over a period of time, like teeth grinding, can also result in implant failure.

Symptoms of Failure

An implant failure is very rare, but it is possible. There are several reasons why it can fail. Ranging from peri-implantitis (gum infection) to allergic reaction and other reasons, they can all cause an implant to fail. There are three common signs you should be watching in order to identify an implant failure:
  • Feeling severe pain or discomfort
  • Swelling or inflammation of the gums
  • Feeling the implant becoming loose or moving in the mouth

Treatment for Implant Failure

If you suffer from peri-implantitis (an infection in the gums around the implant), but the damage is not too extensive, it may be possible to treat it without affecting the implant. Inflammation in the gum is treated by cleaning the implant, as well as through improving oral hygiene and taking proper care of your teeth. Early detection of the problem is important to treat peri-implantitis.

If the bone around your implant has been damaged, you may need to have this repaired. Treatment for dental implant failure involves removing the inflamed tissue, and the bone is then grafted around the implant.

Depending on the level of damage, the crown may need to be removed. The implant may then be left buried to heal, and the crown will be returned when it has healed.

Prevent Implant Failure

Treatment for dental implant failure can be frustrating, but the need for the treatment can be avoided by looking after your teeth properly. The best way to avoid dental implant failure is the make sure you practice good dental hygiene, and this involves cleaning your teeth carefully, flossing between them, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. It is also very beneficial to visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and cleanings. Visits to your dentist, every six months, will keep your mouth healthy and catch any problems that may cause further complications later on.

Further, avoid those habits that can damage the implants. For instance, do not chew on hard candy, ice, or other hard substances. These habits can damage your implant crowns. In fact, they can even damage your natural teeth.

Should You Still Consider Implants?

Dental implants are very successful. They are the best option for those who are missing one or several teeth. Even front tooth implant is available! Implants are durable, in fact, they last a lifetime with proper care, and they look and function like real teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement alternatives, implants are more comfortable. There are many advantages of having an implant, which are worth considering:
  • Improved appearance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Makes eating easier
  • Durable
  • Improve oral health
  • Convenience
  • Cost effective option

Improved Appearance

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are designed to integrate with the jawbone, and therefore, they are a more permanent solution.

Improved Comfort

Implants are integrated to your jawbone, and therefore, they become a part of you. They do not cause any discomfort like removable dentures do.

Improved Speech

Dentures may cause teeth to slip in the mouth, making you slur or mumble your words. Implants, on the other hand, allow you to speak freely without making you worry that teeth might slip.

Improved Self-Esteem

Implants look and function like your own teeth. By getting an implant, you get your smile back, and it helps eliminate any self-consciousness you may have due to missing teeth. It will help you feel a lot better about yourself.

Makes Eating Easier

Dentures can slide, making it difficult to chew food. Implants, on the other hand, function like real teeth, allowing you to eat with confidence and without pain.


Implants are robust, and will last for many years. In fact, with proper care, they may last a lifetime. Dentures and crowns, on the other hand, will last for five to seven years and five to ten years respectively.

Improved Oral Health

Unlike dental bridges, implants do not require reducing adjacent teeth for support. Since the adjacent teeth are not modified to support an implant, more of your natural teeth are left intact, improving overall oral health. Unlike bridges, implants also allow easy access between teeth. With easy access between teeth, it is possible to take good care of the oral hygiene.


Implants are permanent, non-removable. You do not have to worry about removing and cleaning it like you have to do in the case of removable dentures.

Cost Effective Option

Although the initial cost of getting implants may be greater than other alternatives, the fact that they last longer make them a cost effective option. Implants last for years and demand less maintenance, whereas other alternatives, like bridges and dentures, do not last longer and demand frequent maintenance.
With so many advantages, it is worth looking into an implant option. There are, of course, failed cases, but the rate of failure is negligible. If you go to a dentist who is experienced and friendly, he or she may help you make the right decision about whether to choose the implants or not. There are certain things that may make you an unlikely candidate for an implant. By considering those things beforehand, you can eliminate the chances of implant failure.
  • Insufficient bone density and volume
  • Tooth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking
If you have any of the above problems, first consult with your dentist to find out whether or not implant option is right for you. It is better to play safer than suffering from complications later on. There are treatments available for the above problems. Availing those treatments before getting implants will reduce the chances of implant failure in the future.

Treatment at Dr Alan Sidi’s Practice

When it comes to the treatment of dental implant failure in London, our warm and caring team will ensure to make your treatment as pleasant as possible. In practice since 1989, we have been committed to delivering the best-quality treatments for dental implant failure and gum disease. Over the years, we have placed over two thousand successful dental implants and completed numerous stable cases with grafted bone. All surgical aspects of implantology are carried out at our practice, including sinus augmentations and ridge augmentations.

Our support staff as well go out of their way to offer a welcoming, comfortable and safe atmosphere, and an efficient service.

For that reason, if you are suffering from an implant failure that causes severe discomfort, just get in touch with an experienced dental surgeon today. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you deal with implant failure.

Why Dr Alan Sidi’s Practice?

  • Over 25 years of extensive specialist experience
  • An exceptional team
  • Over two thousand implants placed
  • Over a thousand sinus and augmentation cases
  • Close collaboration with the best dentists

Other Services at Dr Alan Sidi’s Practice

At our practice, we specialise in gum disease and dental implant surgery. Along with these, we offer top-notch services for:
  • Gum Recession
  • Bone Augmentation
  • Sinus Augmentation
  • Root Planing
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Accelerated Orthodontics
  • Radiography and Cat Scans