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failed dental implantThere are not many things more defeating and deflating to our self-esteem than a failed cosmetic dental procedure. As a dentist in North Miami Beach with 25 years of experience, Dr. Waich has treated numerous patients who have suffered from failed dental implants. Not only are these failed procedures a harsh hit to your self-confidence, but they are also an expensive loss. If you are considering a dental implant, is is important to do your research ahead of time to avoid this awful situation. Here are some things you should know.

What Causes Failed Dental Implants

There is a lot of blame that can be placed when a dental implant procedure fails. But sometimes, the provider isn’t the only reason that causes issues. Here are some reasons that dental implants fail:

  • Poor Osseointegration. This refers to the inadequate fusion of the implant with the surrounding bone. Factors such as insufficient bone quality or quantity, improper implant placement, or pre-existing medical conditions can hinder osseointegration and lead to implant failure.
  • Peri-Implantitis. Similar to periodontal disease, peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the implant. It is typically caused by bacterial infection and can result from poor oral hygiene, smoking, or a compromised immune system.
  • Infection. Infections can develop during or after the implant procedure, leading to inflammation, bone loss, and implant failure. Factors such as inadequate sterilization, poor surgical technique, or compromised healing can increase the risk of infection.
  • Implant Overloading. Excessive pressure or force on the implant, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or improper occlusion (bite alignment), can overload the implant and surrounding bone, causing mechanical failure and implant loosening.
  • Implant Fracture or Component Failure. Structural issues with the implant or its components, such as fracture of the implant body or abutment, can compromise the stability and function of the implant, leading to failure.
  • Poor Oral Health. Pre-existing oral health conditions, such as gum disease, untreated cavities, or inadequate oral hygiene, can increase the risk of implant failure by compromising the supporting structures and healing process.
  • Systemic Health Factors. Certain systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or uncontrolled medical conditions, can impair the body’s ability to heal and integrate the implant, leading to an increased risk of failure.
  • Smoking. Tobacco use has been linked to higher rates of implant failure due to its negative effects on blood flow, tissue healing, and immune response.

Choosing an Experienced Dental Implant Provider

Not all dentists receive the same training. In fact, in order to be a trusted dental implant provider, dentists must have years of experience and ongoing education to be able to provide the highest quality procedure to patients. With all of the issues listed above, there is one thing that could have prevented the dental implant from failing – trusting a knowledgeable provider who can determine your oral health before the procedure ever begins.

Dr. Waich has performed dozens of successful dental implants. Her first step to ensuring a dental implant is successful is assessing the overall health of her patient before the implant procedure is scheduled. Through a thorough exam and updated digital X-rays, Dr. Waich and her team can determine whether or not a dental implant will be successful. We do not skip steps – your health is our number one priority.

Which Providers Should I Avoid?

We would love to have you as a patient at Sonrisas Dental Miami – but we know that location and other factors (such as insurance) may force you to choose another provider. If you can’t become a patient of Dr. Waich’s – we highly encourage you to do your research!

  • Check Their Reviews. Before scheduling an appointment for a dental implant or consult, go online and seek out reviews. How many reviews does the dentist have? Are they good reviews? Do they seem similar (were they paid for and not genuine)? Getting a good idea of how the community and other patients view the dentist is step one in finding a good one!
  • Look at Their Website. Good dentists provide valuable resources. That can be in the form of blogs, online videos, or specific content tailored to the procedure you want done. For instance, for dental implants – you don’t want to choose a dentist if their website or marketing has no mention of implants (or their experience providing this service).
  • Stay Local. We don’t necessarily mean you need to stay within your 5-mile neighborhood radius, but there are many patients we have seen who decided to travel out of the country to South America for a more affordable dental procedure. While our team understands how important it is to save as much money as you can – when it comes to your health and safety – we strongly urge against this. For a dental implant procedure, shop around trusted providers, and get transparent pricing, but stay local.

Failed Dental Implant Options

You don’t have many options for failed dental implants, other than having them correctly redone by an experienced provider.

In the end, if you choose a provider based on their ‘promises’ without seeing anything that backs up their expertise or experience (reviews or resources), you are at a much higher likelihood of having a failed dental implant. Additionally, saving money on your procedure by choosing a dentist in another country may backfire – as a failed dental implant can become costly from dealing with post-procedure infections, fixing the dental implant with a quality dentist, and fixing other dental damage as a result of the failed implant. It just isn’t worth it to save a buck.

Here’s to Second Chances

Dr. Waich does not like to see any patient suffer from failed dental implants. If you have had a botched procedure – please don’t stay silent. Our team would love to give you a second chance at the smile and the oral health you deserve. During your consult, we will do a thorough exam and take updated X-rays to assess the damage caused by the failed implant and to establish a baseline for your treatment. A failed dental implant is unfortunate, but it isn’t forever – not with us, anyway. We can help. Schedule your consult today.