What Causes Dental Implants to Become Loose or Fail?

Dental implants are well-known for their incredible strength and longevity. However, there are still some cases of implant failure, which is why it is essential that you choose the right dentist and keep up with routine visits. Read on to learn the issues that can affect dental implants.


Peri-implantitis is the infection of the implant site after your dental implant surgery. Dental implants are embedded in the jawbone, and placement requires creating an incision in the gum tissue. If bacteria in your mouth infect this area, they can penetrate deep into the implant site and affect gum tissue, bone, and the surrounding natural teeth.

This type of infection is among the most common complications in dental implant placement. To reduce your risk, your dentist will only move forward with your dental implant placement if there aren’t any signs of gum disease. Maintaining proper oral hygiene and following instructions during recovery are also essential.

Poor Osseointegration

Titanium dental implants naturally bond with bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This is what makes implants so strong. However, issues such as jawbone deterioration, osteoporosis, cancer, and other conditions can cause poor osseointegration, potentially leading to implant failure. If the risk is high enough, your dentist may recommend dentures or other options instead of implants.

Dental Trauma

While dental implants are very strong, they aren’t invincible. Dental trauma can cause them to fail. As bone around the implant cracks or breaks, the implant can become loose and eventually fall out. Major trauma, such as from car accidents, is one example, though the persistent strain of tooth grinding or clenching can also play a role.

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

With the right approach, dental implants can last a lifetime. You can count on David W. Piper, DMD, Family Dentistry, to carry out the careful planning and provide the prevention and maintenance needed to ensure the best outcome from your dental implant placement. Schedule a consultation today by calling (727) 548-7100.


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