Unfortunately, implantologists from all over the world are currently dealing with the dark side of the boom that dental industry suffered in the beginning of the last decade, when dental implant treatment became more popular then ever in the UK and all over the world.
At that time, not so strict regulations and protocols were in place; the research was less extensive then nowadays and in some situations dentists without the required credentials were placing dental implants on a regular base.
As a result, a significant amount of patients are currently attending our dental implant treatment consultation not because they have missing or failing teeth, but because they have failing implants placed elsewhere.
There are several reasons why an implant could be failing, but frequently most of the failing implants suffer from Peri-implantites. This is similar to gum disease but instead of happening around natural teeth it happens around dental implants.
The treatment of failing implants is often delicate and challenging, as most of the times associated with the implant failure we have a great amount of bone loss. In some occasions the failing implants can be saved, by means of a strict hygiene program or some sort of surgical procedure in order to decontaminate the surface of the Implant Treatment. Sometimes it is also possible to regenerate the missing bone around the failing implants by means of a bone graft. But in some situations the failing implants are hopeless and need to be removed – and if the patient wishes, can be replaced by new dental Implant Treatment.
The evaluation of each case must be done very carefully, trying to understand the extension of the damage and what has created it.
At the Marylebone Implant Centre we frequently see patients with failing implants placed elsewhere, and always approach each case very carefully trying to be as conservative as possible.
If you have failing implants and would like to come for a consultation, please contact our management team in order to book an appointment.