Common Mistakes With Botched Dental Implants
Various mistakes can lead to a botched dental implant procedure.
Most of these issues are caused by inexperienced dentists performing this delicate dental work.
Implants at the Wrong Angle
A dental implant needs to be placed straight into the jaw to ensure it’s in the correct position. If it is placed at an angle in any direction, it will lead to future implant problems and, likely, a dental implant failure. This is because an implant that is at an angle doesn’t have adequate jawbone support to ensure that it lasts.
Implants Not Surrounded by Bone
A dental implant needs to be firmly set into the jaw and surrounded by bone to maintain its strength and integrity. If the implant isn’t properly integrated into the jaw, the bone around it starts to recede. This loosens the dental implant and can lead to future implant problems.
Implant Spacing Is Off
A dental implant should be placed 1.5 to 2 mm from another tooth for proper spacing. If it is too close or too far away from surrounding teeth, numerous problems can occur.
When the dental implant is too close to another tooth, it can cause dental care problems, bone loss, and gum recession issues. If the implant is too far away from another tooth, the crown won’t fit the space, chewing can be affected, and food can get impacted in the open space. All of these issues can cause tooth implant failure.
Implants Don’t Match
Our natural teeth are an off-white color. However, if the dental implant crowns don’t match your existing teeth, the stark difference results in a botched dental implant job. You want your dental implant to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth and if it doesn’t, you’ll have to get the crowns replaced.
Implants Keep Breaking
Dental implants can break in a variety of ways, including:
- Too much pressure on them before they are fully healed.
- The abutment connecting the implant to the crown breaks from wear and tear.
- The implant screw breaks below the surface due to poor placement.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, or the implant continues to break after being fixed, you have dental implant failure and need to seek more in-depth treatment.
Implants Set Too Close to Nerves / Irreversible Nerve Damage
Dental implants placed too close to nerves create long-term jaw pain and can cause nerve damage. Your dentist should take multiple high-quality X-rays of your jaw before placing the implant to ensure it won’t be anywhere near a nerve.
If you are experiencing pain around your implant that just won’t go away, this is a sign of dental implant problems. You should speak to your dentist right away to address the issue.
Implants Placed at the Wrong Depth
A dental implant needs to be placed at the correct depth in the jaw or it will create a whole host of problems. If the implant is too deep, the abutment and crown will sit too low, which can cause gum issues, chewing and biting problems, and pain.
If the implant is too shallow, the abutment and crown will sit too high. This can cause food to get trapped under the crown, problems with chewing and biting, and excess pressure on the entire implant, which can lead to implant breakage.
Implants Are Too Large
Some people have smaller jawbones and need mini implants for the smaller size. However, if a dentist doesn’t use the smaller implant, it can cause any of the above problems, including nerve damage, incorrect spacing, gum issues, and more.