The chances of your dental implants failing are small. However, since there is a possibility that it could happen, it is up to you to be aware of the reasons that the implants could fail so that you and your dentist can take action to avoid failure. Here are some of the most common reasons for failure and the possible preventative measures that can be taken.

Allergic Reaction

Titanium dioxyde is found in a number of items, including some toothpastes and cosmetics. It is also found in dental implants. If you are allergic to it, your implants could possibly fail.  

To avoid the possibility of failure due to an allergic reaction, it is important that you undergo a test to check for sensitivity to metals. An allergist can conduct this test for you. If you do have a metal allergy, talk to your dentist. In addition to titanium, there are other metals that can be found in implants. The dentist can opt for a metal-free implant instead. 

Broken Implant

One possible problem that can occur following your surgery is the implant breaks off. When it breaks off, your dentist will have to remove the broken implant, reevaluate whether or not you can still have implants, and reinsert the implant, if possible. This can add to the recovery time for the implants. 

Breakage is rare. The implants are firmly secured in a root that is inserted into your jawbone. However, it can occur if you have a habit of teeth grinding. If you are excessively grinding your teeth and are unaware that you are doing it, talk to your dentist. He or she will determine if there is a dental problem that is causing you to grind your teeth. If there is not, it could be a reaction to stress. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation or yoga, can help you avoid grinding your teeth.


Since dental implants are inserted through a surgical procedure, there is a risk of developing an infection, which can cause failure. In most instances, the infection is avoidable. Your dentist will prescribe an antibiotic for you to take and it is important that you complete the medication. You also need to make sure you are following a good dental care regiment. If you smoke, stop smoking until after your jawbone has completely healed. Smoking can lower your immune system's ability to fight off infection.

A dentist (such as one from Cary Dental Associates) will help you pinpoint any other factors that can lead to your implants failing. By following your dentist's orders, you can ensure that your implants last a long time.