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Question:
Implant Failure and Risks: I am a 46 year old female that had an implant done on lower back right tooth.

This implant did not take and no reason was identifiable or given. It has been 8 months since the implant was removed. The periodontist wants to do the procedure again.

Can you tell me the worst thing that could happen? What are the true unspoken risks? I am very healthy. Why did the first implant not take?

The implant was necessary because a tooth that had a root canal and cap cracked and had to be removed. I am not so sure that I want to go through with this again. ... Visitor from MA

Answer:
The success rate of implants is in the high ninety percent range. However, occasionally they do fail.

There are two types of failures: early and late:

Early failures occur shortly after the implants are placed. They can be caused by:
  • overheating the bone
  • too much force when they are placed
  • not enough force when they are placed
  • contaminated implant
  • contaminated osteotomy
  • epithilial cells in osteotomy site
  • poor quality of bone
  • excessive forces during osseointegration
  • a myriad of other reasons
Late failures are general caused by excessive forces or lateral loading.

Prior to having the implant places the surgeon should explain everything to you. If you feel that you did not receive adequate information then wait until you are ready and informed.

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