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Bad Implants  Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Implant Failure and Antiobiotics: My dental implant has apparently failed after only 4 years as an infection in the gum above the tooth and in the bone have indicated.
How many attempts with antibiotics should be made before the implant should be removed? ... Visitor from CA

Answer:
I cannot tell your situation without seeing you and your x-rays.

My feeling is that if the people looking at these are saying that the implant has failed, there is probably not enough bone to support it. An infection in this area will affect your entire body and compromise your health.

If it has truly failed, I would not stay on antibiotics to keep a failed implant in place.

Look at the x-rays (your dentist or team of dentists will show you how much bone is supporting the implant versus how much is necessary), ask them what chance this has of being retained and useful, make your decision to have it removed if this is appropriate, and make a plan for the future.

I would assume that a bone graft can be placed and another implant placed after a healing period.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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