July 19, 2023

Can Failed Dental Implants Be Saved?

Traditional dental implants are a treatment type with a very high success rate of 90-95%. They provide one of the most effective methods currently available for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth. However, this probably doesn’t provide much comfort if you’re one of the unlucky few whose dental implant procedure was not a success.

Traditional dental implants are typically made up of three elements. A titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone to replace the roots of the tooth that’s missing. An abutment is attached to the implant, and it secures the final part of your implant, your artificial tooth or “crown”, in place.

One of the first signs of a failing implant is that it feels loose and may become increasingly looser, moving around when you chew or talk. Other worrisome signs include swelling in the area, pain or infection.

If you’ve experienced this, you’re probably wondering, ‘Can failed dental implants be saved?’

There’s more to the question than a simple yes or no answer. However, the All-on-4® treatment is an option for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth that have provided hundreds of thousands of people with new smiles. Created by Dr Paulo Malo in 1998, it’s a treatment option with a 98% success rate. The process is very similar to traditional dental implants except that an entire “bridge” or arch of new teeth is supported by just four implants – two at the front and two at the back on one jawbone.

If you’ve been living with missing or badly damaged teeth for a long time, All-on-4® can help you get back to a new, genuine-looking smile.

So why do dental implants fail, and can failed dental implants be saved? This blog is about the different options that are out there for you and how Next Smile Australia can help with dental implant failure.

Why Dental Implants Fail

Why do dental implants fail?” There are actually several reasons. Some of the most common causes of dental implant failure are:


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Lack of bone density

Gaps in your mouth lead to a reduction in the density of the jawbone, which weakens due to lack of use. Failed implants due to bone loss sometimes occur when dentists neglect to address inadequate bone density in patients. Dental bone grafting is a common part of many dental implant procedures due to insufficient jawbone mass. Osteoporosis can also weaken the jawbone, making it more difficult to retain dental implants.


One of the most common causes of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis or peri-implant disease. An illness that causes chronic inflammation of the gums around dental implants, it comes with a range of nasty symptoms like swelling and bleeding. Underlying issues such as diabetes can make this condition more likely.

Improper implant placement or prosthetic design

In rare cases, an implant can fail simply because the dentist responsible didn’t insert it correctly the first time. Improper crown or prosthesis design can also cause issues.

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Can failed dental implants be saved? That depends on the reason for implant failure and the state of your oral health overall. There are actually two main types of dental implant failure. During early or short-term failure, the implant doesn’t succeed in fusing with your jawbone. During late or long-term failure, the screw or abutment is broken or loose. While failed dental implants can be saved, it takes a professional to assess whether it would be best for an implant to be repaired or replaced or for a different treatment to be carried out. Failed implants due to bone loss require different treatment than implants that didn’t succeed due to human error.

If all of your teeth are missing or in a badly damaged state, you probably have bigger questions on your mind than just ‘Can failed dental implants be saved?’ You probably want to know if you can ever regain your smile and be able to use your teeth the way you used to.

Next Smile Australia can answer all your most pressing questions about why dental implants fail, the likelihood of failed implants due to bone loss and whether failed dental implants can be saved. Most of all, we’ll assess your eligibility for the All-on-4® treatment, which provides you with a new set of permanent teeth in 24 hours using just four implants.

Can failed dental implants be saved? Even in cases when they can’t, All-on-4® is a reliable treatment option.

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Why Choose All-on-4®

If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth due to injury, illness, trauma or any other reason, All-on-4® has a number of advantages that show that it deserves particular attention and consideration.

An advanced method of restorative dentistry created by Dr Paulo Malo in 1998, it takes a revolutionary approach to dental implant treatment by supporting a full jaw of artificial teeth on just four implants. While traditional implants often require months of recovery time, All-on-4® implants give you a new set of teeth often the moment you wake up from surgery and never more than 24 hours afterwards.

Next Smile Australia uses ‘The Malo Protocol’, a two-bridge treatment process designed by Dr Paulo Malo himself. During stage one of the process, you receive your first set of provisional teeth to wear for three to six months. Once the implants have had the chance to fuse with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration, you’ll be ready for stage two: the fitting of your final teeth.

Some of the biggest advantages of All-on-4® are:

A proven 98% success rate

When following the Malo protocol, studies have revealed how effective All-on-4® is. It’s been successful in hundreds of thousands of cases and has a higher-than-average rate of implant success. Next Smile Australia uses detailed scans and X-rays to construct teeth that suit the size and shape of your mouth, minimising the chance of ill-fitting prosthetics.

No bone grafting

All-on-4® implants are designed to avoid the need for dental bone grafting. Instead, Next Smile Australia targets stronger areas of the jawbone to insert them in.

Innovative techniques, advanced technology

All-on-4® is an advanced solution for gaps in your smile. So Next Smile Australia stays on top of new developments in technology in order to keep our practice of it cutting-edge.

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Can failed dental implants be saved with All-on-4®?

The procedure can transform your entire smile with a new set of teeth. If you have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth, there’s a very high chance that All-on-4® is the right procedure for you.

Next Smile Australia’s All-on-4® procedures take place at our industry-leading Super Clinics around the country. Staffed by experienced dental surgeons and anaesthetists while featuring high-grade technology, these Super Clinics will provide you with your next set of teeth in a clean, comfortable, supportive environment. You’ll undergo All-on-4® surgery in our state-of-the-art surgical rooms, and our technicians will construct your new teeth in our on-site dental labs.  

Our team members have the deep dental knowledge and wealth of experience to answer even the trickiest questions about why dental implants fail and whether there’s hope for failed dental implants that occur due to bone loss.

If you’d like to find out more about how failed dental implants can be saved or book a personal consultation for All-on-4®, contact Next Smile Australia.