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Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. The surgery for placing dental implants is successful more than 90% of the time.
Occasionally, an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone. In this case, the "failed" implant has to be removed. Another implant can be placed either immediately or at a later visit.
Sometimes implants fail to integrate with surrounding bone after the first stage of surgery. Potential reasons include:

- Surgical trauma
- Infection around the implant
- Smoking — this appears to decrease blood flow to the healing gums and bone, which could interfere with the bonding process.
- Lack of healthy bone — if there is not enough bone for the implant to remain stable, the implant may move around within the bone and integration will not occur.
- Titanium allergies — these are extremely rare.

Problems also can develop years after implants are placed. For example, just like natural teeth and gum tissue, the gum around implants can become infected by bacteria. This leads to a form of periodontal disease called peri - implantitis. If left untreated, this condition can cause bone loss. Then the implant can become loose and have to be removed. Generally, this situation can be treated in a way very similar to treatments for periodontal disease affecting natural teeth.

Another type of complication that can happen over time is breakage. Either the implant or the implant-supported restoration can break. This usually happens if your bite is not aligned properly. Broken restorations often can be repaired. However, a fractured implant has to be removed.






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