Why might a dental implant fail?

Written by: Dr Amit Mohindra
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Read this article here below to find out the average lifespan of dental implants, and what you should avoid after having dental implants implanted, as esteemed implant and restorative dental surgeon, Dr Amit Mohindra, reveals all.

What is the average lifespan of dental implants?

One would expect implants to last well over 20 years. However, this depends on the factors, maintenance, and contradictions when placed.


Do dental implants require maintenance?

Yes. Whilst implants cannot get to decay, they are susceptible to periodontal gum disease. Gum disease progresses far quicker in patients who have dental implants compared to those who have normal teeth, and therefore you are recommended to see the hygienist every three months and the dentist every six months after having dental implants placed.


Is there anything I should avoid after getting dental implants?

You should be able to treat your restored dental implants like normal teeth. Smoking should be avoided as it can increase your risk of disease around dental implants as well as in your own teeth.


Why might a dental implant fail?

The most common reason for dental implant failure is gum disease. Another reason for failure is problems with the bite or in patients who suffer from bruxism. It is important that the implant restoration is placed correctly in the bite and that it is checked at least once a year, because implants are fixed to the bone and do not allow for any movement like teeth which have ligaments attach them to bone.


What are the signs of dental implant failure?

Swelling and discomfort are signs of dental implant failure. Inflammation and bleeding around implants are also major signs of dental implant failure.


Can dental implant failure be reversed?

If problems are identified early, they can often be reversed.


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By Dr Amit Mohindra

Dr Amit Mohindra is a skilled dentist based in Oxford. His areas of expertise include dental implants (including the Navigation implants system), sedation, and tooth replacement procedures. He also treats peri-implantitis. He has a special interest in digital dental implantology

Dr Mohindra qualified in dentistry from Birmingham University in 2002. He later earned his master's degree (MSc) in Dental Implantology. Through years of practising dentistry, he has perfected his skills, offering minimally invasive implant techniques to give patients the best cosmetic outcomes possible. He is dedicated to providing top quality patient care, making sure to meet his patients' dental needs. 

He has travelled abroad offering dental aid in both Brazil and Morroco with the Dental Mavericks charity (associated with the Eve Branson Foundation).

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