A faulty implant or location, peri-implantitis, a lack of jawbone bulk, nerve or tissue injury, or infection might cause dental implants that fail. Your dentist can restore your failing dental implant by detecting the underlying problem with x-rays and detailed digital photographs. Once this is confirmed, your dentist can decide the most effective course of treatment.

Repairing a Dental Implant

What Is the Treatment for a Failing Dental Implant?

Peri-implants-related implant failure is commonly addressed by sterilizing the implant site and removing contaminated tissue. Before your dentist can repair a failed dental implant due to inadequate jawbone mass, a bone transplant will be necessary. A bone transplant can help restore the volume and density of the jawbone in regions with bone loss.

Can a Broken Dental Implant be Repaired?

Yes, a damaged or faulty dental implant may be repaired. A qualified dentist must use a specific composite material to repair a damaged dental implant. However, if the damage is extreme, the entire dental implant may need to be replaced. A bone transplant may be required before placing a new dental implant to strengthen your jawbone and ensure adequate density.

What Are the Signs of Dental Implant Failure?

There are five frequent indicators of dental implant failure.

  • Chewing or biting difficulties
  • Gum recession around the implant
  • Loose implant
  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Inflamed gums

The dentist will be able to discover the cause of the implant failure using an x-ray. Following the diagnosis of the problem, the suitable treatment for dental implant repair will be determined.

What Factors Contribute to Dental Implant Failure?

According to a study published in the Journal of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, the failure rate for dental implant surgery is 3.11 percent. The most common causes of early implant failure include surgical stress, infection, insufficient jawbone mass, sinus difficulties, and a lack of primary stability. Peri-implantitis, occlusal overload, nerve or tissue damage, and failed osseointegration are the most common reasons for dental implant failure after 10 years.

Failed Implant to Bone Bond

The bonding of the dental implant post to the jawbone is known as osseointegration. Revisions to treatment plans frequently prevent early osseointegration between the implant surface and surrounding bone, resulting in unsuccessful osseointegration. Infection, improper implant placement, implants made of low-quality materials, trauma during or after surgery, poor healing, early loading, and allergic rejection of foreign objects by the body are all common reasons for failed osseointegration.

Insufficient Bone Density

Bone health and sufficient bone mass substantially influence the success rate of dental implant surgery. A lack of jawbone density may cause the implant to become loose, failing the dental implant. Your implant dentist will examine your bone before the procedure. When there is insufficient bone, a bone transplant or sinus lift may be performed before implant placement. Bone grafting is a surgical treatment that increases bone density by utilizing a patient’s own bone.


Most dental implant failures at the implant site are caused by infection. Peri-implantitis is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa and progressive bone loss that supports the implant. It is caused by bacterial growth beneath the gum line near the dental implant. The intensity and location of the infection will determine how it is treated. Antibiotics or soft tissue grafts, for example, may be necessary to treat a bacterial gum infection. A bacterial infection of the bone may need the removal of the implant and any damaged bone tissue, followed by a bone and soft tissue transplant.

Peri-implantitis Symptoms

Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory illness that causes the jawbone around the dental implant to deteriorate over time. The following are the symptoms of peri-implantitis.

  • Bleeding at the gum line
  • Minor shifting or loosening of your dental implant
  • Deep gum pockets around the implant
  • Inflammation of the lymph nodes
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Exposure and visibility of the implant threads underneath
  • Pus coming out of the tissues around the implant
  • Pain near where the dental implant was placed

Nerve or Tissue Damage

Occasionally, an oral surgeon mistakenly places a dental implant too close to a nerve. Your face, tongue, lips, and gums may feel numb, tingling, or unpleasant. You must be aware of this since it may affect your capacity to eat and drink regularly. You should visit your dentist immediately if you experience numbness or discomfort since a nerve or tissue disease requires immediate attention.

Sinus Problems

Acute sinusitis’ inflammatory byproducts can harm bone graft material’s osteoconduction and bone remodeling, as well as dental implant osseointegration, resulting in dental implant failure. A ruptured sinus can cause implant failure. Whistling noises when inhaling, nasal pressure, trouble breathing, loss of smell, and bloody discharge are all indications of a sinus rupture after a dental implant. One or two-millimeter holes are OK, but many millimeter perforations frequently cause persistent issues. Some persons with sinus perforation after a dental implant experience chronic nasal problems, necessitating crown removal, bone grafting, site healing, and implant replacement.

Post-operative discomfort is typical after dental implants and should subside within 3 to 5 days. However, in some instances, you may have chronic or worsening discomfort for weeks after dental implant surgery. Consult your oral surgeon or dentist if you are experiencing pain from your dental implants since this might indicate a problem.

How Do You Repair a Broken Dental Implant Crown?

Thanks to a dental implant crown, an artificial tooth mounted on a dental implant have the same durability and strength as a natural tooth. Chewing ice, eating hard sweets, and biting your fingernails, on the other hand, can all result in an implant crown shattering, chipping, or cracking. Impressions of the mouth will be taken and sent to the dental lab If the crown fractures or breaks. With this assistance, a completely new crown will be created to replace the destroyed one.

How Is a Broken Dental Implant Abutment Repaired?

An abutment is a metal connection that connects to your dental implant. The abutment holds the dental implant crown firmly in place. It may fracture when an abutment is subjected to excessive wear and strain. Your dentist will only need to repair the abutment, not the implant, if the abutment is fractured.

What Is the Success Rate for a Dental Implant?

The success rate of implant implantation is 90-95%, according to a study published in the International Journal of Implant Dentistry. Four essential factors contribute to the success of dental implant surgery. These include the dentist’s ability, good oral and general health, high-quality dental implant materials, the absence of periodontal diseases and significant medical problems, and the absence of these illnesses.

How  Are Complications With Dental Implants Prevented?

Dental implant problems can be avoided if you follow your dentist’s recovery advice to encourage healing. You must also attend your follow-up appointments so your dentist will be able to examine how well your treatment is progressing. Practice good oral hygiene to keep your dental implant in good working order. Furthermore, if you smoke, you must stop because it will only impede your recovery.

Dr. Hani Jamah at Silicon Valley Dental Center has over 23 Years years of experience in dental implant surgery since 1999. Schedule a meeting with Dr. Jamah so that he can establish the reason for the implant failure and the best dental implant repair procedure for you.