Going to a Houston dentist for a dental implant is a serious medical procedure that can be very beneficial—but also one that can have serious complications. Since you are dealing with very delicate part of your body that is essential for so much of daily life, it is important that a dental implant procedure isperformed by a qualified Houston dentist that specializes in dental implant procedures.

When the procedure is performed by a highly skilledsurgeon with a substantial portfolio of successful surgeries to their name—the procedure should go smoothly without incident.  However, even the best dentist in Houston with thousands of procedures worth of experience cannot guarantee that you won’t experience dental implant failure.

The reason is that notwo patients are alike and the body can be very picky at times about what foreign substances are introduced into the body. Dental implant failure can be very painful if not treated at first onset—but most patients don’t know what to look for until they are already in dire pain. Even if you don’t have dental implants or plan on needing them soon—it is still good to know the signs of failure in case you ever do need a dental implant procedure in Houston.

Why Do Implants Fail?

One of the most commonly asked question patients ask of any Houston dentist discussing the normalrisks of a dental implant procedure is: “What would cause the implant to fail?” Patients often ask this so they can know if the failure is something they can control or it is just an accepted risk that is a possibility with any Houston dentist. While there are many things patients can do to minimize their risk level of complications, sometimes dental implant failure happens no matter what. Some reasons out of your control could be genetics or allergies but some are well within your control such as diet or poor habits. It should be noted that dental implant failure is very rare and so there are really only four main causes of implant failure.


Immediate Implant Rejection

Some patients body chemistry is very intolerant to foreign substances in their body such as plates, implants and other prosthetics. Some also have allergies they had never been diagnosed with or experienced prior to receiving dental implants. These conditions can cause the body to reject the implant before the bone even heals. This is why it is so important for your Houston dentist to know about all of your allergies both diagnosed and suspected. The more prepared they are, the better they can mitigate the risk of failure.

Delayed Implant Rejection 

While this is quite similar to immediate rejections it is often delayed until after the bone heals. It should be noted that this rejection is almost always a result of negligent post-op care at home, bad oral hygiene or the inability of your body to handle the post-op trauma of the mouth. It should be noted that of all bad hygiene habits that cause implant failure—smoking is the most common and severe culprit.


Poor Dental Hygiene

Just because dental implants can’t decay like a natural tooth, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be caredfor like one. Bad oral hygiene can lead to a lot more things to worry about than decaying teeth. It can lead to an oral infection which can penetrate the site of your implant even causing a bone infection. A good combination of flossing, oral rinse, and brushing is crucial to letting an implant heal and remain healthy for the rest of your life.


Signs To Look For That Signal Dental Implant Failure

Radiating Pain and Discomfort Of The Tooth

You will have some normal pain off and on during the recovery process no matter which Houston dentist does your procedure—that is unavoidable. However, it is important to pay close attention to the pain as it can also be a sign of impending failure. One way to differentiate between a normal pain and a sign of failure type of pain is to pay attention tohow long after the procedure the pain is still occurring.

If the pain only lasts for a few days after the surgery—that is most likely just the normal pains of healing. However, if the pain occurssuddenly weeks later, after having no incidents prior—that could be a strong sign that something is wrong. When you notice this, call your Houston dentist right away and get it addressed before it worsens. Attending to the issue sooner rather than later increases your odds of a favorable outcome.

Inflamed Gums

You should experience some minor swelling after an implant procedure, it’s expected. If your inflammation, however, persists more than a week later—you should have that looked at immediately.

Inflamed gums that are red and swollen are signs of an infection and if left untreated it can escalate quickly—even into the blood which is highly dangerous. When an infection hits its peak, it is at it’s strongest and very hard to treat, which cause you intense pain. Your Houston dentist will prescribe a healthy dose of regular antibiotics until the infection has completely been eradicated. You can be proactive by using anti-bacterial mouthwash after your surgery to ward off any infection. We recommend Closys®since it is alcohol-free and does not irritate the mouth—perfect for someone recovering from oral surgery.

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If your implant is seated properly, it will feel as normal as your biological teeth. In fact, when done correctly by an experiencedHouston dentist—you shouldn’t even feel like something foreign is in your mouth. However, if you feel any wiggle room or looseness, or if the implant just feels like something doesn’t belong, then you need to contact your dentist right away to get evaluated. If it is indeed a failure, it can do much more damage and in some severe cases will need to be removed so it doesn’t do any extra damage. If you leave it untreated you could permanently alter your facial appearance as your jawbone could deteriorate or have to have part of it grafted out.

Trouble Biting Or Chewing

You should not have trouble chewing or biting with your new implant after the initial post-op recovery—period. Implants, as stated prior, should not feel different ever. So if you are having trouble chewing or biting, this is a definite sign of impending failure and should be looked at right away. Just like pain with chewing with your natural teeth is the sign of a cavity—pain when chewing with an implant is a sign of failure. It will only worsen if not addressed with your Houston dentist.

Don’t Ignore The Signs Of Implant Failure

While good oral hygiene and following doctor’s orders are the best way to avoid implant failure, sometimes it just happens. If the signs are there, don’t ignore them—contact Antoine Dental right away and schedule a consultation to have it looked at thoroughly.

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