Dental Implant Failure 101: How To Deal With a Failing Dental Implant?

Ever wonder why there are patients who have dental implant failure? What are the factors for causing failed dental implants? Let’s uncover the answers to these questions when we tackle this topic in this article.

Dental implant therapy for missing teeth have been tremendously successful and it has changed many patients lives.  However, just like any medical and dental treatment, the dental implants do have a small failure rate. According to Dental Products Report, 8 percent of patients who undergo dental implants experienced the loss of at least one implant over a period of 9 years. Peri-implantitis, or inflammation around the dental implant, involves bone loss around an implant. It has been identified as one of the main reasons for dental implant failure.

According to Dental Products Report, 8 percent of patients who undergo dental implants experienced the loss of at least one implant over a period of 9 years.

Peri-implantitis happens. This involves bone loss around an the implant. It has been identified as one of the main reasons for dental implant failure.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Dental Implants fail because some factors are affecting the soft and hard tissue around the dental implant. And these are one of the most common reasons:

  • Too much stress on the implant
  • Incorrect bite
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Food impaction problems
  • Bad oral hygiene
  • General health issues like chronic disease

Symptoms of Dental Implant Failure


While it’s expected to possess some intermittent pain throughout the healing method right after surgery, persistent pain is not normal. As a part of the healing, some minor pain can last for some days. But if your pain and irritation around implant long after it has been placed and been in function, it could be a sign of peri-implantitis. It’s best to schedule a visit together with your dentist immediately. As the saying goes “better safe than sorry.” the intense facet, if it’s so a failure, handling it sooner, can yield a far better outcome than delaying it. It can cause an even bigger downside.  Simple treatments can keep the implants healthy and patients can maintain the implants as well as teeth for long time.


Anytime you see bleeding from the gum tissue, it is an indication of inflammation either small or significant. If the bleeding is persistent with yellow pus, it is definitely an indication of infection. Sometimes the infection can originate from the tooth next to the implant.  Our doctors can diagnose the source of bleeding, pain or sometimes undiagnosed conditions through their highly specialized training. Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Estafan can recommend targeted and highly effective treatment.

Other Types of Dental Implant Problems


Dental Implant Infection

Manifestations: Redness and swelling around a dental implant might be indications of Infection, peri-implantitis. If the infected implants are left untreated, it can cause bone loss and eventually become failed implants. Peri-implantitis can be caused by an assortment of components, including poor dental hygiene, smoking, diabetes and thin gums. As the bone loss happens, the threads of the implants are exposed to the oral cavity and make it even harder for the implants to be cleaned.  Dr. Stella Oh will recommend treatment to clean and regain the health of the diseased dental implants. In some cases, the infected dental implants must be removed and new implant needs to be placed either with or without bone and tissue grafting.

Overloading the Implants

Whenever dental restorations—crowns, scaffolds or dentures—are instantly attached to the implants at the same time with dental implant medical procedure, “over-burdening” can happen.

Although doing everything at once can give shorter treatment and lower costs, it can likewise, if not appropriately done, put excessive weight on the implants. Dental Implants requires a time to integrate into the bone as they are more vulnerable shortly after surgery.  

Also, occlusion or the bite of the patient is very important to consider as overloading can be detrimental to the implant success rate. Prosthodontists like Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Estafan can bioengineer the patient’s bite especially when it comes to restoring dental implant crowns and bridges.

Why are Prosthodontists the Best Choice for Dental Implants?


If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, then dental implants are your best option. By replacing the root and crown of a tooth – you will have a much more realistic substitute. Dental Implants are more natural and feel like your own teeth when you are eating, smiling or speaking.

Of course, the success of a dental implant is largely dependent on the skill of the dental professional who places your implant. Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Ash Estafan are prosthodontists. They specialize in restoring your missing teeth. To ensure the best outcome for your smile, see us at our office at Madison Avenue.