Can Dental Implants be Removed?

Understanding how dental implants work will help you decide if it’s the right tooth replacementΒ  option for you.Β Β 

The main advantage of a dental implant is that it’s fixed in place. This is also why many prefer it  over other options. But while it’s permanent, it can still be removed.  

Why might dental implants removed? 

It’s rare for a dental implant to develop issues, but it can happen and require removal. Here are  some reasons why. 

  • Repositioning. It can be because the implant isn’t in an optimal position. The metal mayΒ  be protruding, become visible, or is no longer properly aligned. Correcting implantΒ  surgery is necessary to prevent problems with your bite and jawbone.Β 
  • The body has rejected the material. Side effects from implants are rare, but they canΒ  occur as the post is still a foreign body inserted into the mouth. You may experienceΒ  discomfort and notice redness in your gums if your body rejects the implants.Β 
  • Early implant failure. Early implant failure occurs within the first few months of theΒ  placement. The implant may have failed as it didn’t properly attach to the jawboneΒ  either due to an infection, body or host rejection, a loose abutment, or irregularitiesΒ  during the healing phase.Β Β 
  • Late implant failure. Late implant failures can occur a year after the procedure. TheΒ  implant could fail if it's exposed to too much force, becoming loose, infected, or it didn’tΒ  fully fuse into the jawbone.Β Β 
  • How does dental implant removal work?

    Your oral surgeon removes your implants. It’s crucial to take action before any issue worsens.Β  It’s also possible for a new implant to be installed.Β Β 

    Your surgeon may use a trough bur to cut a small amount of the bone tissue and remove theΒ  implant. They also examine the site to determine if a bone grafting procedure is necessary.Β  Some healthy bone tissue may need to be extracted to clear and prepare the area for theΒ  replacement.Β Β 

    Your surgeon can also use an adapter for the dental implant removal procedure. It’s a lessΒ  invasive, more advanced technique as it allows your dentist to take out the implant withoutΒ  making incisions.Β 

    Your surgeon attaches the adapter to the implant. Then they engage a high-torque instrumentΒ  to the adapter to remove the implant from the bone.Β Β 

    They may need to cut a small amount of bone at the top if it's very dense or if the implant is tight. By using an adapter, the need to remove a significant amount of bone is prevented.Β Β 

    Implant complications can be avoided with the help of good oral hygiene habits and regularΒ  dental visits. Seeing your dentist regularly allows them to identify potential issues and keepΒ  them from progressing.Β 

    Have more questions about dental implant removal in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan? If you need an implant removed, we can look into more comfortable options so you canΒ  preserve existing bone. It can take a few months for the site to heal. After which, we evaluateΒ  your needs and look into the next steps we can take.Β Β 

    Contact us today at (419) 536-9196 if you’re in Toledo, Ohio, and have more questionsΒ  about dental implants or feel there’s something wrong with your implant.Β 

    We do our best to assist you right away. We can also help you arrange an appointment with  one of our friendly dentists.