Dental implants are a very successful technology, and in more than 90% of cases, they work great, and last longer than our long-term studies. But in some cases, dental implants do fail.

But even in this case, you might not have to give up on your dream of having a replacement tooth that looks and works just like your natural teeth. For many people, dental implants can be tried again.

Why Did the First Implant Fail?

Ilustration of the dental implant and the crownTo give you the best chance of getting a second dental implant to succeed where the first one failed, we have to figure out the cause of failure. Depending on the cause of failure, there are many approaches to improve the odds of success for your second implant.

If gum disease was responsible for the failure of your first implant, we can treat gum disease more aggressively and recommend changes to your oral hygiene, both at home and during your visits that will help control gum disease and prevent future infections.

If your dental implant was subjected to excess forces because of TMJ and other bite conditions, we can look at ways to improve your bite and balance forces more evenly.

An uncommon cause of implant failure is titanium allergy. Now, though, we have metal-free dental implants that can be used to give you the same benefits of dental implants without metal.

Sometimes, too, dental implants fail because they were poorly planned or placed. A better approach can improve the odds for a second dental implant.

Your Second Dental Implant Procedure

How we proceed with your second dental implant depends on the state of your mouth after the first implant. If you have gum disease, that will need to be treated before a second implant can be placed. If your first implant left you with too little bone, we might have to perform a bone augmentation procedure.

Other times, though, the second implant can be placed immediately or soon after the failed implant is removed.

Get a Second Opinion

Before you get a second dental implant, it’s important to get a second opinion. The best time to consult with a second dentist is when your first implant is failing and your dentist is recommending removal. At that point, a second implant dentist can tell you:

  • Is the dental implant really failing or can it be saved?
  • Why is the dental implant failing?
  • Is a second dental implant an option?

If your first dental implant procedure didn’t go as planned and are looking for a second opinion on dental implants in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.