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Repairing the Failing Implant

Failing Dental Implant Repair Washington DC

Suffer a Failing Dental Implant? Our Custom Implant Repair and In-Office Lab Fabrication with Precision Placement Delivers Long-term Success and Quality

Patient: Had failing implants and a broken prosthesis, and the treatment restored his complete function
Patient: Needed jaw reconstruction due to failure of previously placed dental implants in her upper left jaw

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 3,600 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. 

Are You concerned that your dental implant is failing?

If so, we highly recommend you schedule a consultation with our experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Gerald Marlin, today. In addition, you can continue reading for more helpful information authored by our prosthodontists about repairing a failing dental implant in our blog. We welcome patients looking to repair or replace their failed implants 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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Our Patients Not Only Benefit Immediately from Improving their Aesthetics with Their Dental Implant Treatment, but also Benefit Long-term from our >97% implant success rate over 20+ years.

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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 (97% for our patients, and 85%–90% on average 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.

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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Failed Dental Implant Pictures and Their Restoration

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 3,600 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.