What Happens if the Implant Does Not Fuse with the Bone?

Teeth Implants New York CityMany New York City residents who are missing teeth look to teeth implants to give them back their lost oral function and the smile that they love. Teeth implants work by inserting a titanium rod into the jawbone, which acts as a tooth root, then placing a tooth looking crown over the rod to give the normal, aesthetic appearance of a natural tooth.

For teeth implants to be successful, the titanium rods must fuse with the jawbone to create a tight bond. This happens in most teeth implants cases. In fact, teeth implants have over a 90% success rate. Unfortunately though, they will not work for all New York City patients – at least not on the first try. While cases of failed teeth implants are rare, they do happen, and the chance for failure is something that every candidate for teeth implants in New York City should be aware of. Read on to learn why teeth implants fail and discover what can be done to your mouth to prepare them for a second set of teeth implants that will fuse with the jawbone.

Reasons That Teeth Implants May Not Fuse to the Jawbone

Sometimes teeth implants fail, and they become loose and fall out, or need to be removed. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Trauma to the tooth implant site, which could have occurred during surgery or after surgery, such as a sporting or car accident;
  • Developing an infection around the implant;
  • Smoking after the surgery, as smoking decreases blood flow; and
  • Lack of healthy jawbone.

If your teeth implants fail, you’ll need to be evaluated by an experienced periodontist like New York City’s Dr. Kissel to determine why the implant failed, and come up with a treatment plan for replacing the failed implant.

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Teeth Implants Fusing with the Jawbone? 

Just because you experienced teeth implant failure once, doesn’t mean you’ll experience it after a subsequent surgery. In fact, many people who experience implant failure go on to have a successful, subsequent surgery once they address the problem that initially caused the implant failure to begin with.

If your implant failed due to surgical trauma, such as by seeing a less experienced dental practitioner for your teeth implant surgery, then seeing an experienced professional like New York City’s Dr. Kissel can help prevent that type of trauma from occurring a second time. If you developed an infection around your implant site, then taking precautionary antibiotics can help prevent a secondary infection from developing during your healing process. And if you smoked after your teeth implant surgery, then quitting smoking can help make your second surgery successful. If however, it is found that you don’t have sufficient jawbone for fusing to occur, then additional surgeries such as a bone grafting and/or a sinus lift may be necessary for teeth implants to be a viable option for you.

Learning More About Teeth Implants

There are so many different things to learn about teeth implants, that it’s impossible to discover everything you should know by reading online alone. The best way to learn about teeth implants is to speak with an experienced periodontist like Dr. Kissel yourself.

To schedule a consultation and oral examination with Dr. Kissel in New York City today, call (212) 702-9088.