Problems with Your Dental Implants?


Dr. Greenberg provides expert care for your dental implants.

Expert treatment for failing implants

Because of his expertise in dental implants, Dr. Greenberg is called upon to fix dental implants that have failed in some way. If you are experiencing problems with your implants, such as signs of gum disease (bleeding, swollen gums), signs of infection or your implant feels loose, you will need to get your implant treated.

Types of problems with Dental Implants

In general, dental implants have a very high success rate and rarely have problems. The main causes of failure are poor placement of the implant and poor oral hygiene.


Problems with your dental implants?

Redness and swelling around a dental implant may be signs of an infected dental implant.

Most infection takes the form of a type of gum disease called peri-implantitis. If left untreated, it can cause bone loss and implant failure. Peri-implantitis can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes and thin gums.

Infection can also occur during oral surgery or when the crown is cemented onto the abutments, if dental cement gets caught in the gums.

Implant loosens or falls out

An implant becomes loose or falls out when osseointegration fails—when the implant fails to integrate with the jawbone. This can occur as a results of incorrect positioning, insufficient bone density or a problem with the actual implant, such as a fracture.


When restorations—crowns, bridges or dentures—are immediately attached to the implants at the same time as the implant surgery, “overloading” can occur. Although immediate loading can give benefits such as shorter treatment and lower costs, it can also, if not properly done, put too much stress on the implants. Implants require a period of integration into the bone and so are more susceptible immediately following surgery to failure through excessive pressure.

There are other, rarer complications that can occur, such as rejection of the implant by the body, failure of the implant itself and an allergic reaction.

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