In the vast majority of cases, dental implants stand the test of time. As long as an individual sticks to good habits and attends regular dental visits, it is unlikely that dental implant failure will occur. However, it does happen to some people. If you believe that one of your implants is failing, it is important that you seek appropriate care right away. You may need to get the implant removed. This blog post explains the basics of what you can expect when removing a failed implant becomes necessary.
The Details Vary from Case to Case
Dental implant removal is a delicate surgery, and its details vary from case to case. Here are a few factors that may influence the complexity of your procedure:
- How long you have had dental implants. The longer dental implants remain in the bone, the stronger their bond with the surrounding tissue becomes. Therefore, if it has been some years since you received your implants, removing them may be somewhat challenging.
- Where in the mouth the surgery will take place. Generally speaking, removing implants from the upper jaw tends to be easier than removing them from the lower jaw.
- Which oral structures are nearby. Taking out an implant that is near a nerve or another critical structure requires great care on the part of the doctor performing the surgery.
- How large the implants are. Long, narrow implants are sometimes more difficult to extract than shorter, wider ones.
The Removal Procedure
Here are a few notes on what to expect before, during, and after the removal procedure:
- Your oral surgery team will use advanced imaging equipment to see the implant and surrounding structures. This will help them plan your procedure.
- During the procedure, sedation and anesthesia will help you stay comfortable. Your oral surgeon will be careful to cause as little damage as possible to the tissue around an implant while removing it.
- A bone graft may be performed during the surgery. This will help to replace lost bone and preserve the strength of your jaw.
- In some cases, a new dental implant can be placed right away. Most of the time, though, patients must wait several months or longer before becoming eligible for implant replacement. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with detailed care instructions to facilitate a smooth healing process.
A failed dental implant may seem like a frightening obstacle to your oral health. With appropriate care, though, you may soon be back on the road to a sound, functional, and complete smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. James Kalina is an experienced dentist who often works with local specialists to provide truly expert dental implant care. If you are concerned about the health of your dental implants, he is ready to examine you and give you advice on your next steps. To learn more about how he may be able to serve you, contact our office at 507-625-2021.