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Dr. Arman Torbati DDS.

➤ Harvard & USC Graduate
➤ Associate Professor at USC
➤ Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
➤ Prosthodontist, Cosmetic & Implant Dentist

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11600 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310.553.3428
Office hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Reasons Your Dental Implants May Fail

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Although most dental implants can and do last a lifetime, they sometimes fail. According to studies, the dental implant success rate is usually between 90 and 100 percent. However, an implant will occasionally fail. This is usually due to failure of the implant itself or inadequate oral hygiene practices, but there are other reasons also. Your implants may fail soon after installation, or they may fail after years of use.

What Causes Short-Term Implant Failure?

Unsuccessful implants frequently occur within four months post-surgery and can be caused by the following:

  • Infection in the mouth
  • Implant shifting during osseointegration
  • Inadequate jaw bone
  • Inadequate blood supply during healing
  • Lack of osseointegration
  • Low quality implant
  • Poor overall patient health
  • Non-sterile environment during the procedure

What Causes Long-Term Implant Failure?

Sometimes, patients will experience implant failure after they've had implants for several years and it can be due to issues such as:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Bruxism
  • Excessive stress on the implant
  • Insufficient bone or gum tissue
  • Implant location
  • Impacted food between the implants
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor placement of implant
  • Radiation to the neck and head

Do Health Issues Affect Implant Success?

The following health conditions can contribute to dental implant failure, especially when good oral hygiene isn't practiced:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Inconsistent or inadequate oral hygiene
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Smoking

How Do I Know If My Dental Implant Is Failing?

Indications that your implant is failing can be similar to the symptoms of periodontal disease or a toothache. Your gums may be inflamed or swollen, you may experience pain in the area of your implants, your implant may become loosened, and you may notice a slight odor. If you notice any of these indicators, then call your dentist right away. Your implant isn't self-healing. If it's failing, then it needs professional attention. Only your dentist will be able to resolve the problem. If you have any stage of gum disease or tooth decay, you're more likely to develop implant failure. Assiduous attention to your good oral hygiene is essential for anyone who has implants. Otherwise, you're more likely to experience implant failure.

What Can I Do To Prevent Dental Implant Failure?

When you're planning to get a dental implant, research is very important. You need a dentist who has a high success rate with implants and who has an excellent reputation within the local community, such as Arman Torbati DDS at Torbati DDS in the Los Angeles area. Implants are expensive, so you want to ensure that you don't experience implant failure. Your dentist should use a high-quality implant, and if you lack sufficient bone to support the device, then you should have a bone graft. It will add to the overall time of the procedure, but it can ensure that you don't experience implant failure. If you smoke, you should stop because smoking increases the likelihood of implant failure. If you have bruxism, work with your dentist to cure that before getting implants because grinding your teeth can cause dental implant failure. Sometimes, the remedy for implant failure is relatively simple: You may need to improve your oral hygiene regimen, for example. Other times, it may require replacing the implant, a bone graft, or another more complex remedy. Proper care of your dental implants is the best method for deterring implant failure, but if you think you're developing dental implant failure, then call Dr. Torbati for an appointment at (310) 553-3428.

Our Office...

Our office is conveniently located in Los Angeles at 11600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles CA 90025. With our state-of-the-art technology and convenient hours, we're able to repair your dental implant failure. Dr. Torbati is considered one of the best cosmetic dentists in the Los Angeles area and will answer all your questions. We accept many insurance plans, so call us today to schedule your appointment.

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