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Failed Dental Implants: What to Do & How to Get Help

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A failed dental implant can be a frustrating and disheartening experience, leaving you with discomfort, inconvenience, and uncertainty about the future of your smile. Although dental implants have a high success rate, complications can arise, leading to implant failure. In this article, we will explore the common causes of failed dental implants, discuss what steps to take if you suspect your implant has failed, and provide guidance on how to get the help you need in the UK. We will also highlight how you can start a medical negligence claim.

What is a Failed Dental Implant?

A dental implant is considered to have failed when it does not integrate properly with the jawbone, becomes loose or wobbly, or causes pain, infection, or inflammation. It is important to understand that not all complications with dental implants signify failure. Some issues can be addressed with corrective measures, while others may necessitate implant removal and replacement.

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Common Causes of Failed Dental Implants


Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the implant. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene or a pre-existing gum disease. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to bone loss and implant failure.

Poor Bone Quality or Quantity:

Adequate bone density and volume are essential for successful implant integration. If the jawbone is insufficient, the implant may not have enough support and can become loose or fail to fuse with the bone.


Infection can occur at any stage of the implant process, from the initial placement to the final restoration. Bacterial contamination can compromise the implant site and impede healing, leading to implant failure.


Excessive force on the implant due to bruxism (teeth grinding), misaligned bite, or improper implant placement can put stress on the implant and cause it to fail.

Medical Conditions:

Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, or autoimmune diseases, can interfere with healing and increase the risk of implant failure.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Dental Implant Has Failed

  1. Consult Your Dentist: If you experience any symptoms of implant failure, such as pain, swelling, mobility, or a bad taste in your mouth, it is crucial to consult your dentist immediately. They will assess the situation, diagnose the cause of the problem, and recommend appropriate treatment options.
  2. Get a Second Opinion: If you are unsure about the diagnosis or treatment plan proposed by your dentist, seeking a second opinion from another qualified dental professional can provide additional insights and reassurance.
  3. Explore Treatment Options: Depending on the cause of the failure, various treatment options may be available, including:
    • Peri-implantitis Treatment: If peri-implantitis is the culprit, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, or surgical intervention to clean the infected area and promote healing.
    • Bone Grafting: In cases of insufficient bone quality or quantity, bone grafting can be performed to augment the jawbone and provide adequate support for the implant.
    • Implant Removal and Replacement: If the implant is severely damaged or cannot be salvaged, it may need to be removed and replaced with a new one.

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How to Get Help with Failed Dental Implants in the UK

NHS or Private Treatment:

Dental implant treatment is available through both the National Health Service (NHS) and private dental practices in the UK. The NHS may cover the cost of implant treatment in certain circumstances, while private treatment offers more flexibility and choice of providers.

Dental Insurance:

If you have dental insurance, check your policy to see if it covers implant failure or complications. Some insurance plans may provide financial assistance for diagnostic tests, treatment, or replacement implants.

Dental Complaints Procedure:

If you believe your implant failure is due to negligence or substandard care, you can make a complaint through the dental complaints procedure. This process allows you to raise your concerns with the dental practice or the General Dental Council (GDC), the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK.

Legal Advice:

In cases of severe complications or long-term consequences resulting from implant failure, seeking legal advice from a solicitor specializing in dental negligence may be necessary. They can assess your case, advise you on your legal rights, and help you pursue compensation if applicable.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand the devastating impact that medical negligence can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you believe you or a family member has suffered harm due to substandard medical care, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, or delayed treatment, we are here to help you by connecting you with a solicitor from our panel who will be able to assess your case.

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We recognise that every medical negligence case is unique, and we’re here to offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your specific situation. During this consultation, we’ll listen attentively to your experience, and assess the potential strength of your claim. Our team will then connect you with a qualified solicitor from our panel who specialises in medical negligence claims, ensuring that you receive the expert legal representation needed to pursue your case effectively.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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