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Dealing With Dental Implant Failures

Dental implants are a great way of replacing missing or damaged teeth and once fitted will give you back your smile, making you feel more confident and happy with your looks. However, it’s important to remember that dental implants aren’t natural and whether you have dental implants in Richmond or elsewhere in the UK there’s always a faint chance of failure. It’s import to be aware therefore of possible things which could go wrong before you get your implants and what to do should they fail.

Dental Implants Richmond

Fusing with the bone

A dental implant is placed into the patient’s jawbone by means of a dental surgical procedure. In most circumstances the implant will fuse with the bone in the jaw and once the false tooth or teeth have been fixed into position, should feel and function much the same as their natural teeth. It’s this fusion (or osseointegration) between the jaw bone and the implant which plays a critical part in the success of the implant. It will determine whether the implant remains securely fixed or is loose. If you choose to have your dental implant in Richmond carried out at Sheen Dental, we offer a complimentary implant consultation where you’ll get to meet the team, view the dental facilities, and discuss the implant options in more detail. Dr Harmit Kalsi, the dental implantologist will check that your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support an implant.

Post-surgical care

We can’t stress strongly enough how important it is after surgery to follow all of the advice given to ensure that no infections set in. This includes using a mouthwash and eating soft foods for the first few days, plus avoiding grinding the teeth or biting down hard, as this puts stress on the new implant. It’s also recommended that you don’t smoke or drink alcohol until the surgery has healed.

How to spot the signs of a failed implant

Even with taking as much care as you can after surgery dental implants can still fail. This may be due to an inexperienced surgeon placing the implant into an infected area of the mouth.  If you are suffering excessive bleeding, or pain after the healing period, or the implant feels loose, then this can indicate the failure of the implant. You may also find that your implant/s feels hotter than your jaw. This can indicate an infection. Here at Sheen Dental we insist on regular check-ups to ensure that everything is proceeding to plan and that there are no problems with your dental implant.

If your dental implant has failed then all is not lost. Your dentist will simply remove the implant and attempt a second implant, usually within a few months after the area has healed.

If you want to know more about dental implants in Richmond and whether you are a suitable candidate then ring and book a complimentary consultation with the dental team at Sheen Dental. They’ll be only too happy to answer any questions and concerns which you may have. Just call the practice on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at


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