Titanium dental implants are designed to last a long time. However, in some rare cases and situations, it could become necessary to remove the implants. Titanium implants can fail early on or after being installed for several years. Some of the reasons for removal could include one or more of the following:
Allergic reaction: Some people develop an allergy to metals. If you break out when wearing jewelry, then you could also experience a similar reaction to titanium alloy.
Periimplantitis: This is where bacterial infection has developed around the implant. The infection causes bone loss and pain which, in most cases, cannot be addressed until after the implant is removed.
Gum disease and periodontitis: Gum disease and periodontitis can result in bleeding gums, receding gum tissue, and generalized bone loss which can affect the implant
Smoking: The use of tobacco and vaping products can cause several dental and periodontal problems, leading to implant failure
Certain medical conditions: If you develop diabetes, arthritis, and certain other medical conditions, it can cause problems with implants.
Medications: Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can create issues leading to implant removal.
Defective implant: If the implant fractures, cracks, or was not designed correctly, it can lead to failure.
Improper implant positioning: If the dental implant was not placed correctly, it could cause aesthetic and functional problems. In some cases this can be managed prosthetically, while in other situations the implants need to be removed
Should you need to have your dental implants removed, you should have the procedure performed by a qualified dental implant specialist with expertise in this procedure. Some effective ways to avoid many of the reasons for implant removal include:
Practice proper oral hygiene with regular dental visits.
Stop smoking or do not start.
Choose zirconium implants, also called ceramic, zirconia, and metal-free implants, if you have metal allergies.
Inform your dentist of any and all medications you take and medical conditions you have.
If you need to have titanium implants removed or have questions about zirconium implants, please feel free to contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry at (212) 758-1838 to schedule a consultation appointment today!