Dental implant FAQs
What happens if a dental implant fails?
If a dental implant does not realise or maintain a strong bond with the surrounding bone it will gradually become loose and will eventually be unable to support the replacement tooth or teeth.
There is usually no discomfort with a failing dental implant. And, in the case of a full arch dental implant retained bridge, it may not be necessary to replace the failing implant.
Dental implant remedial treatment will be necessary do deal with a dental implant failure. This treatment can sometimes be complex. With this in mind, should you embark on dental implant treatment, you need to be prepared for the possibility – though rare – of an implant failure. This is why it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced implant dentist, who is also experienced and confident in dealing with implant complications.
Dental implants have an average integration success rate of 95%, meaning that 1 in 20 of dental implants placed may not provide a long-term function.
A small percentage of dental implants are rejected by the body’s natural immune system. Studies have shown the average implant rejection rate worldwide to be around 4-5%. The implant rejection percentage at our clinic is less than 0.6%.
In the event of a dental implant being rejected by the patient’s immune system, there are a remedial treatments which can be implemented to prevent an implant being rejected.
It is important that risks of implant failure are brought up and discussed in your clinical assessment before commencing treatment.