Failed Implants

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What causes a dental implant failure?

Dental implants are a permanent, secure and natural looking replacement for missing teethDental implant surgery has a high rate of success but an estimated 5 to 10% of dental implants fail either immediately after the dental implant surgery or later. 

Dental implants are made up of three components: the titanium rod which is placed into the jawbone and acts as the new tooth root, the abutment which is attached to this rod, and the crown or new replacement tooth that is visible in your gum. 

Problems occur when one or more of these elements become loose or broken. 

Successful dental implants include a process called osseointegration. This is where the body produces living cells to grow around the metal elements of the dental implant allowing it to fuse to your jawbone. Dental implants will fail if osseointegration does not happen. 

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Signs of dental implant failure in London

Possible signs of a dental implant failure include: 

  • Inflammation of the gum 
  • Pain or discomfort in the mouth 
  • Swelling in the gum 
  • Recession of the gum 
  • Difficulty or problems with chewing 
  • The dental implant or crown feels loose 

If you have any of these symptoms or are at all worried about a failed dental implant, you should contact us at Harley Street, London immediately. 

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What factors affect the failure of a dental implant?

Certain factors can hugely affect the success or failure of dental implants. 


Smoking increases your chances of having a failed dental implant by up to 20% and this is because smoking slows down the healing process and limits the amount of blood to the gums. If you are considering dental implant surgery, we will assess your health and if you smoke, we will encourage you to give up before your dental implant surgery. 

Medical conditions 

Certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can affect how your body heals. Some medical treatment such as that for cancer can also affect your body’s healing process.  

A slow healing process can prevent osseointegration from occurring which is essential for the success of a dental implant. At your consultation we will discuss any medical conditions that you have, and we will let you know if this is likely to affect the success or failure of a dental implant. 

Gum disease 

Healthy gums are needed to ensure the success of a dental implant. Gum disease can cause damage to the gums and jawbone which lead to higher possibility of failed dental implants. At our initial consultation we will examine the health of your gums. If you have gum disease, you will need to get this treated before having dental implant surgery. 


successful dental implant needs sufficient bone in the jaw to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough healthy bone, the dental implant is likely to fail.  

Periodontitis or severe gum disease can have an effect on your jawbone.  

Additionally, osteoporosis, where bones become weaker, can cause the dental implant to fail to attach to the bone. 

Oral hygiene 

Your oral hygiene can influence whether your dental implant is a success or failure. It is essential to carefully look after your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing both before and after the dental implant surgery. Neglecting your oral hygiene can increase the possibility of having a failed dental implant. 

Why choose Rod McNeil & Associates for Failed Implants?

There are many reasons why patients throughout Marylebone, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and throughout London choose Rod McNeil and Associates in Harley Street for Failed Implants:

Our team of dental specialists are highly qualified and have a wealth of experience. Principal Dentist Dr Rod McNeil & Associates and has treated thousands of patients for Failed Implants.


We believe in using the most modern technologies and up to date techniques which ensure you receive a premium service.


We offer different specialist areas of dentistry within one practice so that we can offer a comprehensive service to you.


Thousands of patients including top celebrities are thrilled with the results of their treatments at Rod McNeil and Associates.




Rod McNeil and his team truly offer the best dental care in London. I tried several other practices previously with mixed results. When you try this team however, I defy you to ever think about going elsewhere. Their hygienists are sensational (care, accuracy, equipment, expertise). All of this on the Harley Street, at very reasonable rates. Great personalities also. Keep up the Sterling work!



I have been under his care for some 20 years now and it would be difficult to imagine how I could have been being looked after better. He is the embodiment of professionalism and I would recommend him to anyone without a moment's hesitation.



I’ve been to this practice twice for hygiene appointments with Kelsey, she was great and did a thorough job. I was nervous in the chair but she did amazing to keep me calm and made sure I was comfortable. The practice’s Covid procedures also made me feel very safe.

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Frequently asked questions about Failed Implants

What are the signs of a failed dental implant?
Possible signs of a dental implant failure include: Inflammation of the gum. Pain or discomfort in the mouth. Swelling in the gum. Recession of the gum. Difficulty or problems with chewing. The dental implant or crown feels loose. If you have any of these symptoms or are at all worried about a failed dental implant, you should contact us at Harley Street, London immediately.
How can I reduce my chances of having a failed dental implant?
Dental implants have a high success rate but as shown, they can fail for several reasons. It is important at your initial consultation to disclose any medical conditions and drugs that you are taking as this can hugely affect the success rate of your dental implant. Giving your body the best chance at accepting a dental implant means treating any issues such as gum disease, giving up smoking and ensuring a good oral hygiene prior to having dental implant surgery.
How long should a dental implant last?
With good care and if your lifestyle does not have the risks that increase the chances of a dental implant failure, there is no reason why your dental implant cannot last for 20 plus years. 90% of dental implants should last a lifetime in the correct conditions.
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