It is extremely rare for your body to reject dental implants; however, it has been reported to have happened to some people. For this reason, it is important to educate yourselves about what causes dental implant failure and what to watch for.
Dental Implant Failure
The following are just a few of the more common causes of dental implant failure:
One of the most common reasons a dental implant would fail is due to bacteria. We all have bacteria in our mouth; however, if you have this bacteria in the jawbone when the dental implants are being placed, then there is a good chance that the bacteria can then spread from the implant and cause implant failure.
Just as you would take good care of your natural teeth, dental implants require that same level of care and attention. If you fail to keep your mouth clean and take care of your implants, then you are setting yourself up for implant failure.
You are allowing bacteria to excessively deposit itself around the dental implants and the surrounding tissue and when this happens, the implant will become infected and will subsequently fail as a result.
Some of us may not actually know that we grind our teeth, but tooth grinding is another common reason an implant would fail. When the teeth begin to grind, it moves the implants around and out of position in your mouth. If you feel that you are grinding your teeth, you should consider wearing a mouthpiece when you sleep to help prevent tooth grinding and clenching.
The majority of dental implants are made from titanium materials. Although extremely rare, some may find that they are allergic to titanium which would cause their body to reject the implant and cause dental implant failure.
Early Implant Rejection
Some people will find that they are sensitive when it comes to foreign objects being introduced to their body. When this happens, the implants could fail even before the bone has the time to completely heal. This is often the result of the titanium allergy we have already mentioned.
Late Implant Rejection
Late implant rejection typically occurs after the bone has had the time to heal. The biggest causes of this type of failure would be improper dental hygiene and home care for the implants, or it can have something to do with post-op trauma.
When properly cared for and maintained, dental implants can last several years and can brighten your smile and improve your overall health dramatically.
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