Why Did the First Implant Fail?
To give you the best chance of getting a second dental implant to succeed where the first one failed, your Irvine implant dentist must figure out the cause of failure. Depending on the cause of failure, an Irvine implant dentist can use certain approaches to improve the odds of success for your second implant. Some notable causes of dental implant failures are:
- No osseointegration
- Gum disease / infection
- Bad bite or trauma
- Poor planning or placement
- Titanium allergy
The key discovery that makes dental implants work is osseointegration (fusion of the bone with the implant). About half of dental implant failures happen in the first year, largely because osseointegration doesn’t happen. Your Irvine implant dentist will review your health to see if health conditions or medications might interfere with bone healing. We can also discuss nutrition and other approaches to improve bone healing and osseointegration.
After the first year, gum disease is the leading cause of implant failure, just as it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. If gum disease causes the failure of your first implant, your Irvine implant dentist 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.
Bad Bite or Trauma
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. This also falls under the category of dental implant planning. Your Irvine implant dentist should take the time to understand your bite forces when planning your implant procedure.
Dental implants are strong, so they rarely fail because of trauma. However, it does happen. If it happens to you, your Irvine implant dentist can talk to you about how to protect your dental implants from injury in the future.
Poor Planning or Placement
Sometimes, dental implants fail because they are poorly planned or placed. A better approach can improve the odds of a second dental implant. A common cause of failure is trying to support too many replacement teeth with too few dental implants. At Rice Dentistry, our Irvine implant dentists will never cut corners. We use an All-On-X approach to dental implants so we make sure everyone gets the number of implants they need to support their replacement teeth.
We also carefully evaluate your bones using CT scans (3D x-rays), so we know if your bone is strong enough to support your implants.
An uncommon cause of implant failure is titanium allergy. About 0.6% (6 in 1000) people experience titanium allergy. The Irvine implant dentists at Rice Dentistry offer metal-free dental implants so you can get replacement implants that won’t cause an allergic reaction.