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The Truth about Dental Implant Failures


The high success rate of dental implants is a well-documented fact – in the 95-percentile range. That means failure in dental implant surgeries is very rare and so are its risk factors. That said, like any other surgery, dental implant procedures are not immune to the probability – no matter how small – of complications. However, it must be stressed that most of these complications are avoidable and your success rate can be further boosted if a professional and experienced dentist administers your treatment. Some of the complications may include nerve damage, infection, broken implant or the body rejecting the implant.


Dental implant surgeries typically fail due to an improper selection of patients. A responsible implant dentist will study your medical records and examine the treatment site carefully before recommending you the dental implant option. One of the criteria that the dentist must determine, before he will even consider you for the treatment, is that you must possess the sufficient bone quantity – and quality – to support the implant fixture.


Another culprit for implant failure lies with inferior surgical techniques. Some of the common technique-related issues are: inadequate irrigation of the surgical site; overheating of the bone during placement; poorly restored implants; high torque and excessive drill speed during placement. 


The implant itself may also fail due to a host of factors: biological, biomechanical, biomaterial or microbiological. Infection may also occur as a result of contamination on the implants or implant site. Poor oral hygiene and failure to follow after-care instructions during the healing period are other causes. The presence of dental plaque in and around the site can result in colonisation of infection-causing bacteria. Conversely, proper oral hygiene can greatly reduce that probability.


After the surgery, the patient should follow all the post-operative guidelines put forward by the dentist to bring about faster healing and deal with any after effects of the operation. Personal habits like smoking must be discussed with the dentist prior to the surgery so that he will be able to provide proper advice on the need to curb or stop smoking in the days or weeks leading up to surgery. Research has shown that smoking before and after the operation can sometimes lead to dental implant failures.


The majority of implant failures occur right after the surgery and it is highly unlikely to avoid early detection. Also as mentioned, most of these concerns can be minimized by a trained professional who will assess the site conditions carefully, use sterile equipment and instruments, and carry out the treatment protocols in a systematic manner. With the post-operative cooperation of the patient, dental implant surgeries are poised for a high degree of success. In addition to high success rates, research has shown that properly maintained dental implants can last for more than 35 years – even the chances of lasting throughout the life of the patient are very high.


If you are considering dental implants as an option, speak to a dentist at Ballarat Implant Centre, an exclusive treatment facility incorporated within Dentistry@Ballarat. For more info on Ballarat Implant Centre, call +61(3) 53649511 or visit ballaratimplants.com.au


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and a cheaper one?
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aftertheir own teeth?
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