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Can You Remove A Dental Implant?

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Dental implants are built to last and, by and large, are implanted successfully and stand up to the test of time. That being said, the success rate, as it is for most things, especially surgeries, is not 100 percent. Implants occasionally need to be removed, either for health, maintenance or other cosmetic reasons.

Removing Dental Implants

There are cases of implants healing in the wrong direction, requiring removal. Because of the permanency of the initial procedure, the removal needs to be done by a qualified and surgically trained dentist with the appropriate medical equipment in his or her office that will allow them to remove the implant while preserving the bone around it and avoiding damage to the site.

There are additional considerations for the patient undergoing implant removal. If the removal is going to be permanent, that is, a replacement implant is not going in, what alternative measures will the patient take to protect and fill-in the space left by the missing tooth? Does the patient understand that leaving an uncovered surgical site in their mouth increases their chances of developing an infection?

Removing an implant, although not impossible, remains a difficult procedure and many dentists are of the opinion that maintaining healthy jaw bone after the removal can be quite challenging. For this reason, it is generally not recommended that healed implants be removed and not replaced.

The simple answer to the question “can you remove a dental implant?” is yes. But again, you will need a dentist with the skills and confidence to perform the removal correctly.

A typical removal procedure is as follows:

The dentist will use a special kit to remove the titanium or ceramic dental implant from the patient’s mouth. These are two parts that are connected and screwed to the implant. Once the implant is connected to the two parts, a specialized wrench is used to unscrew the implant while the patient is under local anaesthesia. Often, oxidation of the metals used in the implants can cause some staining around the original surgery site.

Once the original implant has been removed, if the goal is to place a new implant, the surgeon will decide if the patient has sufficient bone to place a new CeraRoot Zirconia implant right then and there, or if the site requires a bone graft and a recovery period of several months before undertaking a new implant procedure.


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