Compensation Claims for Failed Dental Implants
If you’ve had dental implants fitted and one or more of them has failed, this can have a significant impact on your life. Not only is there often some pain involved and the risk of further damage or infection, sometimes a failed implant may not be able to be replaced or repaired. Even if the implant can be replaced or the procedure redone, this can have a major cost attached.
Dental implant failure rates show that around 95% of people having the procedure still have the implants in place after 10 years. It should be factored in that implants should only be carried out on patients who meet certain criteria. This helps to ensure that the implants have the greatest chances of success.
However, sometimes things do go wrong with dental implants and they can occasionally fail. Find out what the most common causes of dental implant failures are and what you can do if it happens to you.
Why do dental implants fail?
When looking at the main causes of dental implant failure, it needs to be taken into account that there are several factors and criteria that should be considered by your dentist before the procedure is carried out, which all play a part in the chances of success. These include:
- The quantity and quality of bone available for the implant to be placed in
- The general oral health of the patient or any other conditions they have
- Whether the patient smokes or not
If the patient is judged by their dentist to be a good candidate for dental implants and the procedure goes ahead, other potential reasons for dental implant failure include:
- Poor dental hygiene that can lead to deterioration of the bone
- How the treatment itself was carried out and whether any mistakes were made in that process
If you think that your dentist was negligent in your care when fitting dental implants and you have suffered as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Get in touch with the team to find out more and discuss your options. Call on 0808 273 1965.
What are the signs of dental implant failure?
If you’ve had dental implants and are worried about them failing but are not sure what to look out for, some of the most common dental implant failure symptoms include:
- Pain – with dental implant failure, pain can sometimes be felt when biting down or chewing on food
- Inflamed gums – whilst some minor swelling after the procedure is normal, any inflammation that lasts longer than a few days should be looked into, as this could be a sign of infection which could cause the implants to fail
- Mobile implants – if an implant starts to become mobile or otherwise feel less secure than it used to, this needs urgent attention
Dental implants should essentially feel just like real teeth, so any sign that this isn’t the case could potentially be an issue that could cause failure. Visit your dentist as soon as possible if you’re worried that your implants are failing.
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When dental implants fail, it can sometimes leave you with a few different options for what to do next, depending on the circumstances. It’s important that you discuss all of these options with your dentist in detail, to make sure you are aware of the potential risks and outcomes for each procedure and can make an informed decision about what to do next.
Dealing with dental implant failures is not only about the physical side of the issue. Having missing teeth can also have an impact on someone’s confidence and how they feel about their smile. This is one reason why most people want to find out about their options as soon as possible if their dental implants fail.
For some people, dental implant failure replacement may be possible, so a new implant can be fitted. However, this will depend on the reason for the issue in the first place and it might be that failed dental implant removal is needed, with a new implant not being a viable option. This might be the case if the bone quality or density has degenerated since the original implant procedure was carried out.
For others, an alternative treatment may be the only available procedure, which may mean that a bridge is required to restore their smile.
Whilst not all dental implants fail due to a mistake from your dentist, if this is what happened then it can leave you feeling a sense of injustice, as well as with pain, suffering and potentially more costly treatment being required. If you think that this is what happened to you, speak to our expert team for advice by calling 0808 273 1965.
What happens if dental implants fail?
If your dental implants seem to be failing, it’s important that you seek advice from your dentist as soon as possible so that they can investigate the problem and see if the implant(s) can be saved and the issue resolved.
If it turns out that the implants have failed and another treatment option is needed, you will need to discuss with your dentist what options are available to you. This will depend mainly on your individual situation and dental history. Your dentist should fully explain all of the treatment options that you have, including any risks and what the expected outcomes are, so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment plan. If your dentist fails to do this, it could be seen as negligence, because they are required to gain your informed consent for any treatment by law.
Dental implant failure
It may be possible that you have experienced a failed dental implant due to bone loss. The bone into which the implants are placed needs to be a required quantity and density in order to make the implant procedure a viable option. Your dentist should have investigated this before recommending implants. If they did not do so, and your dental implants failed as a result of this, you may be eligible for dental negligence compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a failed dental implant be replaced?
If your dental implant has failed, then in some circumstances, you may be able to have it replaced. This will depend on the reasons for the failure. It may be the case that you are no longer a good candidate for dental implants, so an alternative form of restorative dental procedure might be recommended, such as a bridge.
Speak to your dentist about the options available to see if your implant can be replaced, or whether another kind of treatment is now recommended.
What is the failure rate of dental implants?
The failure rate of dental implants is low. Studies suggest that less than 5% of dental implants fail within 10 years of the procedure being carried out. One of the reasons why the failure rate is low is because dentists should only recommend this type of treatment if the patient meets all of the criteria to have a good chance of success. If your dental implants fail and you find out that you were never a good candidate for this procedure in the first place, this could be considered dental negligence and you may be able to claim compensation. Call us to discuss the next steps, on 0808 273 1965.
Who is responsible for dental implant failure?
Every situation has its own set of circumstances so the responsibility for dental implant failure can vary.
Sometimes, if the patient doesn’t maintain a good oral hygiene routine after having implants fitted, this can be a contributing factor to the implants failing and this would be the responsibility of the individual.
Sometimes, implants might fail because the density of the bone into which the implants are placed may deteriorate over time. If your dentist failed to check this before recommending the procedure to you, this could be considered negligent on their part and you may be due some compensation.
If you think that your dentist is responsible for your implants failing, then get in touch with us to discuss your options. Call the team on 0808 273 1965.
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