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Why Do Dental Implants Sometimes Fail?

It’s often said that dental implants will “last a lifetime” but this is very misleading after all, who’s to know how long a person has left to live? It’s more relevant to say that dental implants in Clacton, or elsewhere for that matter, are a permanent fixture in the mouth which if cared for properly have the potential to last for at least 15 years and often a whole lot longer.

dental implants in ClactonAlthough dental implants have a high success rate of over 95%, a bit like any surgical and dental problem there are certain factors which could cause an implant to fail. Infection poses the greatest threat to dental implants and in particular peri-implantitis. Although the presence of bacteria can cause infection during the placement process and in the first few weeks following surgery, it’s not uncommon for infections to occur many years later. Complications leading to implant failure can be caused by a number of factors:

Improper sterilisation during surgery – In the event that an inexperienced dentist hasn’t followed the procedures correctly regarding sterilisation, a contaminated instrument may have been used during the process and consequently bacteria may have entered the implant site causing infection.

Low cost implants – Not all implants are created equal and low cost implants are often mass produced in laboratories with differing levels of experiences and standards. A poor fit can leave a gap between the implant and bone which can get infected with bacteria.

Poor placement – An inexperienced dentist may have gone ahead with placing an implant into an area of bone which is not sufficiently dense or has the width to accommodate the implant correctly and this can lead to it failing to fuse with the surrounding bone, consequently loosening and falling out.

Poor oral hygiene – This is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure and is the reason that implants often fail months or years after their placement as people become lax with brushing and flossing and allow plaque to build up around the implant, which eventually undermines the gum tissue and bone, causing the implant to loosen and fall out.

How to avoid problems with your dental implants

  • Most importantly practice proper oral hygiene before, during, and after your implant has been placed. This includes twice daily tooth brushing, flossing once a day, and rinsing with a mouthwash. It’s also important to attend regular six month, or more frequent, dental checks.
  • Find an experienced implant dentist in Clacton who has been recommended by friends or family or who has previous patients that you can talk to for their feedback.
  • Be aware that dental implants in Clacton are expensive because of the cost of the materials and the experience of the dentist. You could go for a low cost option but this may result in lower quality materials and an inexperienced dentist.

If you’re missing one or more teeth then dental implants are one of the best and most natural looking tooth replacement treatments that you can have. However, they’re not for everyone. To find out more about implants and whether they are a match for you, then why not book a consultation with the experienced implant team here at Clacton Dental Care. You can call us direct on 01255 221001 or book online at

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