Dental implant failure can be caused by a variety of reasons. Dental implant failure can be broken into two categories: short term failure and long-term failure. Short-term failure is characterized as symptoms of failure occurring within a short time after dental implants are installed. Symptoms of dental implant failure are swollen gums, irritation of gums, loose teeth, and severe pain.
These symptoms may not be noticeable right away, but over time they will become more pronounced. These symptoms may indicate a failure of the implant to heal properly or a rejection of the implant. It is important to catch symptoms of dental failure as soon as possible so your dental implants do not become jeopardized.
Long-term failure has many of the same symptoms, but is characterized as failure occurring after the healing process is completed. Long-term failure can be a result of infection, broken implants, and the use of certain medication. Unfortunately, if an implant fails it is very difficult to resolve the issue and may require extensive treatment.
Medications and Failure
Since medication is generally a result of long-term failure, it is possible that if you began taking a new medication after your dental implants have been installed it is the source of the problem. Common medications that have negative interactions with dental implants are antidepressants, antibiotics, and NSAIDs. Some of these medications can result in bone loss in the jaw and put your implants at risk of failure. It is always important to consult your doctor before taking new medications under these categories and to also discuss their chances of causing dental implant failure.
If you are experiencing signs of dental implant failure, it is important to act immediately. We pride ourselves on great dental care and would be happy if you came in for a visit. We will be able to discuss any current medications you are taking as well as sight any problems with them. If you think your dental implant failure is not due to a medication, we can discuss and assess other possibilities as well.