Reasons for Dental Implant Failure

Ideally, your adult teeth should last for a lifetime. If they don’t, however, then dental implants may offer the most comprehensive and lifelike restorations by providing a replacement for your lost teeth’s roots. Though highly-effective, there are several reasons for dental implant failure, which can lead to further damage to surrounding bone and tissues and the need for further restorative treatment. By understanding these risk factors and taking appropriate precautions to avoid them, you can improve your chances of success, and of once again enjoying a beautiful, healthy, and strong smile.

What are Dental Implants, Again?

Unique in their design and purpose, dental implants are prosthetic teeth root devices that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They’re made from biocompatible titanium, and as your jawbone heals, it fuses to the implants’ surfaces. Depending on the number of teeth you’ve lost, you may receive one, two, or several implants to support an appropriate prosthetic device (i.e., crown, bridge, or denture).

The Common Risks of Dental Implant Failure

The success of your implant placement depends largely on the strength of your jawbone, as well as your overall health, immune strength, and ability to heal from the procedure. Dental implant failure means that your jawbone has failed to fuse to the implant, or that the implant is dislodged, has grown crooked, or requires removal for any other reason. Common risk factors for dental implant failure include;

  • Smoking and non-smoking tobacco use
  • Periodontal (gum) disease, which can erode the jawbone and may be a cause of your tooth loss
  • Radiotherapy to the head and neck
  • Severe tooth loss (the jawbone grows weaker the more teeth you’ve lost, and the longer the root sockets in the jawbone have remained empty)
  • Osteoporosis (degenerative bone disease)
  • Diabetes (which affects your entire body’s ability to heal, and to fight infection)


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.