Failed Dental Implants

Failed Dental Implants

Why do dental implants fail and what happens? Only a small percentage of dental implants fail. Certain factors can influence the success rate for dental implants.

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What is a Failed Dental Implants?

Dental implant surgery has a high success rate with most dental implants staying securely in the gums acting as replacement teeth for many years.

However, a small percentage of dental implants will fail. Sometimes this happens directly after the surgery, or it can occur at a later stage.

To be successful, dental implants need to go through a process called osseointegration. This happens during the healing phase in the dental implant process and is where the living cells in your body grow around the metal rod of the dental implant, causing it to integrate with your jawbone. Dental implants will fail if osseointegration does not happen.

We have treated patients from Market Rasen, Gainsborough, Sudbrooke, Fiskerton, Reepham, Cherry Willingham, Nettleham, Welton, Caistor Keelby and throughout Lincolnshire who have had problems with dental implants or experienced failed dental implants.

Why do dental implants fail?

Whilst dental implant failure is rare, most of the reasons why it occurs is due to health or medical conditions.

Gum disease

Dental implants can only work if your gums are healthy. Gum disease, especially in the more severe cases, can cause damage to the gums and jawbone which lead to a higher chance of the dental implants failing. At our first consultation, we will thoroughly examine your gums and ask you questions relating to gum disease. Any signs of gum disease will need to be treated before going ahead with dental implant surgery.


Smoking can hugely affect the success of your dental implant surgery. Smoking hinders the healing process because it limits the amount of blood that enters the gums. It also impacts your oral hygiene which is another factor in the success of your dental implants. If you are a smoker, we would encourage you to give up before having dental implant surgery.


Dental implants need to be supported by enough jawbone to be successful. A lack of healthy bone will be a good reason for a dental implant to fail. Severe gum disease can have an impact on the state of your jawbone. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become weaker, and this can have an affect on dental implant surgery too.

Medical conditions

Some medical conditions such as diabetes can affect how your body heals. Additionally, some medical treatments, such as those for cancer, can affect how your body heals. A slower healing process can prevent osseointegration from occurring which is necessary for dental implants to be successful.

Oral hygiene

Neglecting your oral hygiene can raise the chances of your dental implant failing. It’s important that you look after your teeth and gums both prior to the dental implant surgery and after it too.

It is essential that when we meet at our initial consultation in Market Rasen, that you be as open and honest with us about any conditions that you have as this can influence the treatment for dental implant and the chance of them being successful.

Why Choose
Wolds Dental for 
Failed Dental Implants


Affordable dental care – we offer 0% finance and work closely with you to create finance plans which will work to your budget


Comfortable and pain free – we will do all we can to make you relaxed and comfortable. We will listen to you and ensure you are in control


Patient generated care – everything we do is focused on what is right for you and your treatment


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Technology lead – our CBCT scanner enables us to better control your dental implant treatment

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What is the treatment for Failed Dental Implants?

Typically, you will know that you have a failed dental implant because you might experience pain. Your gums may become swollen and inflamed or you may feel that your dental implant has become loose.

The treatment for failed dental implants will depend upon the specific problem. We will administer a local anaesthetic to your mouth and remove the dental implant. Once we have assessed the situation, we can then make the right decision for how to proceed.

If you have experienced any bone loss, we may suggest a bone graft which will improve your chances of success with your dental implant.

Frequently Asked Questions about Failed Dental Implants

How long should dental implants last?

With good care, your dental implants should last for at least 20 years. 90% of dental implants can last a lifetime given the right conditions which includes maintaining a good oral hygiene, no smoking and with no other affecting medical conditions.

What can I do to improve my chances of success with dental implants?

Please take the time at your initial consultation to discuss with our dental implantologist, any pre-existing health conditions, drugs that you are taking or issues that you have which may affect the treatment. As well as employing a good oral hygiene before and after dental treatment surgery, you should give up smoking and ensure that your gums are healthy and free from gum disease.

How long do Wolds Dental Studio guarantee dental implants for?

At Wolds Dental Studio we use dental implants which are guaranteed for 3 years.

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