Implant is failing

| October 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Jerri Lopez
(Phoenix Az)

I had stage one of my implant done on June 23rd, approximately one month later I started having a bump develop on the outer side of the area when I eat. When I wake up in the morning it’s almost flat again. There is no pain and the dentist doesn’t seem concerned. He originally told me that it was just the way my bone was(??)

I went back to see him but he was out of town and his partner looked at it and he was able to get a small amount of liquid out of it and prescribed a weeks antibiotics and a rinse for me. He said that it could be a piece of bone working it’s way out and then he said my dentist may decide to put the cap on early. They did a parametric and a regular x-ray and said the implant looks fine.

Should I be concerned that the implant is failing? This is tooth #14 that has been missing for 25 years. I had an implant on #5 and have had no problems with it, that tooth had been missing for about 3 yrs. I also had one done in late August on #29,that tooth had been missing a year.
At this time it seems to be fine.


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  1. sandydig says:

    Failing Implant NEW
    by: Sharon B., RDH

    Hi Jerri,

    I don’t think the implant is failing. It does sound like a bone chip or possible small infection in an area around it (which was why the dentist prescribed the antibiotic). Sometimes it takes weeks for bone chips to work their way out, but if the swelling and drainage keeps reoccurring there may be a tooth nearby that has a periapical abscess. This would have been noted in the x-rays that they took, so my instincts are that you are probably just fine.
    Oct 22, 2012
    Second stage NEW
    by: Jerri Lopez

    I went in on 10/19 to have the second stage done and my dentist told me the bubble is due to some bone loss and the titanium threads are exposed in that area. He did a bone graft and told me to wait at least a month to get the crown. He said the implant was migrating good so isn’t sure why this happened. It registered at 63 when he used some kine of monitor to see if it was migrated enough. My question is–since bone grafts are done usually before the implant is there really any hope that this will work? How long do you think I should wait to have the crown put on. He told me when I was leaving, if I don’t hear from you I will know everything turned out ok but if that lump shows up again call me right away.

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