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Repairing the Failing Implant

Do You Suffer From an Unsuccessful Dental Implant Treatment? We Offer Repair and Consultations for Failing Dental Implants in Washington DC & Bethesda

Top-Rated Washington D.C. Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentist for top-quality dental implant repair services.

Dental Implants are one of the most significant advancements in dental technology. In addition to being extremely durable and long-lasting, they also look great, feel like natural teeth, and offer many other benefits.

Patients occasionally visit us to repair an implant that, for some reason, is failing. Even with extensive bone loss, the implant can usually be saved. However, this process is highly sophisticated. With over 3,400 implants surgically inserted and restored, Dr. Marlin,  a distinguished prosthodontist with years of proven and recognized experience is highly qualified to perform this service to the highest standards. 

If you are concerned that your dental implant is failing, please call our experienced prosthodontist Dr. Gerald Marlin today at (202) 244-2101 to schedule an appointment. In addition, you can continue reading for more helpful information about repairing a failing dental implant. We welcome patients from Washington D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Rockville, Alexandria, Arlington, and other nearby areas, as well as from other areas of the country and abroad. 

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What Causes a Dental Implant Failure?

Dental implants are perhaps the most robust and reliable tooth replacement solution available. However, despite their incredibly high success rate (90%–95% nationwide), failure is still possible.

Many factors can limit the success of a dental implant, including:

Patients have also come to us with failed mini-implants restored with crowns. Mini implants are intended to stabilize an overdenture, not individual crowns. Regardless of the cause of the failed/broken dental implant, the repair work poses a challenge that not every dentist is equipped to take on. 

How Does Dr. Marlin Fix Failing Dental Implants?

Fortunately, Dr. Marlin and his team have extensive experience dealing with compromised dental implants. Treatment often involves repairing the bond around the implant with a graft. Sometimes, Dr. Marlin must remove an implant, rejuvenate the site with a bone graft, and place a new implant. Dr. Marlin creates a personalized program for each patient to ensure they receive the most suitable treatment methods for their situation. The section below outlines one of Dr. Marlin’s implant repair cases.

Dr. Gerald Marlin

Simply Radiant, Simply Natural

Dr. Gerald Marlin is a leading specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. One of the only prosthodontists with an on-site lab, Dr. Marlin has been voted “Top Dentist” by his peers for more than 20 years in a row in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual “Best Dentist” survey, and is considered the most experienced prosthodontist in the D.C. area.

Why Choose Dr Gerald Marlin?

  • Voted Best DC Dentist 20 years in a Row by other dentists
  • Works closely with his in-house technician to achieve custom aesthetics and a very precise fit.
  • Provides crowns lasting over 35 years
  • 3,400 surgically inserted and restored dental implants 

Success Story: Saving a Dental Implant

In this example, the implant under the abutment and crown started to lose bone seven years after its placement and restoration. The implant showed extensive bone loss for approximately one-third of its length.

In order to detoxify and regraft the bony housing around the implant, the abutment and crown were removed, bone graft material was combined with a growth factor, and the implant was “buried” under a protective filter below the gingiva (gum tissue).

An X-ray taken after four months showed new bone formation that not only filled in around the implant’s side but actually grew over the top. After five months, the implant was exposed, and the abutment and crown were reseated. This approach saved the implant without the need for removal.

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Real Patient Results

When it comes to your smile, you deserve the best. Review our many satisfied patients’ incredible transformations by viewing our before and after gallery!

Preventing Future Dental Implant Failure

Most implant complications can be avoided with proper hygiene and planning. Choosing the right surgeon is by far the most crucial consideration to ensure the longevity of your implants. Some tips for prolonging the longevity of your dental implants include:

Smoking is directly related to a higher dental implant complication rate. Additionally, any level of gum disease that results from smoking can also be a risk factor that causes dental implants to fail.


Brushing your teeth and flossing twice daily should be a part of your routine, as well as using an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash.

Your diet can influence the success of your implant. It’s best to avoid eating foods that can overtax the implant—especially during the osseointegration phase.


Why Choose Dr. Marlin for Dental Implants and Implant Replacement in Washington DC?

Renowned prosthodontist, Dr. Marlin, uses a CBCT scan generated surgical guide for precision implant placement. To date, he has placed and restored over 3,400 dental implants to restore his patients’ “simply radiant, simply natural” smiles. Since 1985, we have worked integrally with our own in-house laboratory technician to produce the most durable and aesthetically elegant crowns (well over 35 years) and other restorations. We replicate your natural tooth shape, internal shade, and translucency, which cannot be matched by working with an off-site, commercial laboratory.

To learn more about Dr. Marlin’s approach to implant planning, be sure to visit his comprehensive dental implant page. You can also learn more about Dr. Marlin’s background, contributions, accolades, etc., please visit his bio page.

Schedule Your Washington DC Dental Implant Repair Consultation Today

If you suspect that your dental implant is failing, call (202) 244-2101 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin. Elite Prosthetic Dentistry proudly serves patients from Washington DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia, as well as those who travel to our practice from out-of-state or out-of-country. We look forward to meeting you soon.