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Why Implants Could Fail

Model of Dental Implant at Oregon Periodontics, P.C.At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we offer several dental health solutions to guarantee that you enjoy a vibrant smile. One of these solutions includes dental implants, which help to replace lost teeth. However, in some cases, the implants can fail, leading to more oral health problems. However, why could this happen and are there any solutions to the implant failure? Read on to find out more.

Top Reasons Why Dental Implants Fail

Dental implant failure can be caused by some reasons. Below is a look at the top ones:
•  Oral infection is one of the main causes of dental implant failure. An infection in the mouth can cause decay in the adjacent teeth, leading to their extraction. This can weaken the dental implants causing them to fail. An oral infection can also affect the gum tissue and the jawbone that support the dental implants, thus weakening them.
•  Gum disease is another leading cause of implant failure. Gum disease that occurs after implants have been placed can lead to gum tissue and jawbone loss, thus destabilizing the implants. People already suffering from gum disease are also at an increased risk of infection (after the placement of the implants), which can also cause implant failure.
•  Teeth grinding can cause some problems with your dental implants. To start with, implants are susceptible to wear and tear, and thus teeth grinding can cause their damage. Aside from that, the pressure applied by grinding can cause the implants not to heal properly, or even shift their position. The pressure can also cause damage to the gum tissue and the jawbone supporting the implants, causing them to be unstable.
•  Poor quality dental implants are more vulnerable to failure: they can break easily, become loose, fail to heal properly, or even wear and tear much faster.
•  The success of dental implants procedure heavily depends on their proper healing, something that is promoted by proper health. Therefore, health issues such as diabetes, nutritional deficiency, and other health conditions and diseases can cause your implants to fail. Poor health habits such as smoking and heavy drinking can also lead to less than desirable results after a dental implant procedure.

Preventing the Failure of Your Implants

Some cases of dental implant failure can be avoided by simple ways. Below is a look at some of them:
•  Proper oral hygiene care will keep your implants in a perfect condition and reduce the risk of oral infections and gum disease. Therefore, after getting implants, you should observe oral hygiene practices such as daily brushing and flossing.
•  A proper diet can increase your overall health, and thus increase the chances of your dental implant procedure being successful. Eating the right kinds of foods (soft foods, particularly during the healing period) will also help to prevent damaging your implants. Observing good eating habits such as not chewing too strongly will also help to prevent the unnatural wear and tear of your implants.

Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth, and they can help you gain back your smile. However, it is possible for the implants to fail, denying you the chance to enjoy a beautiful smile. However, don’t worry as we can help. If your implants are failing, call us, Oregon Periodontics, P.C., at (503) 575-7750 to find out more about the solutions we can offer you.
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