Treat Failing Dental Implants and Save Your Investment

Dr Waters talks about failing dental implants

Can Dental Implants Really Fail?

Dental implants are one of the most permanent and health-benefiting tooth restoration solutions in dentistry today. Unfortunately, dental implants are not immune to problems and are at a greater risk of failing when influenced by certain factors such as systemic diseases, poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and bruxism (grinding your teeth). The most common reason for failing dental implants is peri-implantitis, characterized by inflammation of the gums and loss of bone around the dental implant post, that usually occurs due to a lack of oral hygiene and follow-up care. A progressive condition, peri-implantitis can eventually result in completely failing dental implants and substantial jaw bone loss. Peri-implantitis and its effects can be prevented or caught early if routine follow-up appointments are completed.

Unlike large, non-local implant centers that make follow-up care inconvenient and time-consuming, we’re equipped at our local Wichita Falls and San Antonio, TX offices to provide you with comprehensive implant care. This means we place your implants, monitor their healing process, and perform all subsequent checkups at one local location. Both convenient and comfortable, care from our oral surgeons greatly reduces the risk of failing dental implants and preserves their health and function long-term.

Treat Failing Dental Implants

We can treat the beginning stages of peri-implantitis, peri-implant mucositis, by removing all traces of bacteria buildup at the site. For more advanced stages of peri-implantitis, we perform more complex surgical treatment in order to save the dental implant. This treatment involves a thorough cleaning and sanitation of the area under the gum line, along with removal of any inflamed or diseased gum tissue. If bone loss has occurred around the implant, bone grafting can restore stability to the dental implant post. Post-surgical care may require more frequent maintenance visits to ensure your condition does not return or worsen.

Symptoms of peri-implantitis can include:

  • Red, inflamed gum tissue
  • Deep pockets around implants
  • Bleeding, tender gums
  • Exposure of implant post
  • Bone loss at the site
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Presence of pus
  • Gum recession

Seek Out Comprehensive, Effective Surgical Treatment

Signs and symptoms of peri-implantitis in its earliest stage may be subtle, and require an experienced eye to detect before substantial damage occurs. Along with educating you on the treatment process, we’ll provide insight into why these symptoms might be occurring so that measures can be taken to help ensure that the condition does not return. Our skilled oral surgeons are experienced in the surgical aspects of dental implants, along with effectively and comprehensively treating complications such as peri-implantitis.

We’ve received extensive training and experience in dental implant treatment at Parkland/UT Southwestern Memorial Hospital, along with nationally known dental implant centers, and bring this knowledge and expertise to our San Antonio and Wichita Falls, TX offices. For implant patients, we provide the high-quality surgical care characteristic of large implant centers and the personalized, comprehensive follow-up care only a local practice can bring. With a 99 percent implant success rate, our patients rarely, if ever, experience any complications such as failing dental implants, and enjoy dental implants that last for many years.

Failed dental Implant

Dental implants are an investment—keep them from failing!

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Dr Andrew Mueller

San Antonio, TX
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Wichita Falls, TX
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