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Is the process for removing a botched dental implant the same as having a tooth extracted?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: It depends...

When an implant fails, there is typically not all that much bone around the fixture, which may already be loose; in this case, it may be withdrawn much like the extraction of a natural tooth.
But an implant that is fully integrated in the bone or designed with a significant mechanical undercut (as some are) may first require the removal of contiguous bone to allow extraction without undue force.

In brief: It depends...

When an implant fails, there is typically not all that much bone around the fixture, which may already be loose; in this case, it may be withdrawn much like the extraction of a natural tooth.
But an implant that is fully integrated in the bone or designed with a significant mechanical undercut (as some are) may first require the removal of contiguous bone to allow extraction without undue force.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Depends on how well integrated or fused to the bone it is.
If not integrated well it should unscrew out with little effort. If integrated well if will require some effort and finesse to remove it. You should seek the advice of a surgeon who does a lot of implant procedures.

In brief: Depends

Depends on how well integrated or fused to the bone it is.
If not integrated well it should unscrew out with little effort. If integrated well if will require some effort and finesse to remove it. You should seek the advice of a surgeon who does a lot of implant procedures.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The removal of a failing implant can be rather straight forward or fairly difficult.
It simply depends on how well the implant has integrated or "fused" to the bone.

In brief: Depends

The removal of a failing implant can be rather straight forward or fairly difficult.
It simply depends on how well the implant has integrated or "fused" to the bone.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Similar

The process of removing a dental implant is very similar to removing a tooth.
The surgeon often may need to remove some bone around the implant to facilitate it's removal. Sometimes a trephine drill is used to do this to preserve as much bone as possible. Once removed, the defect is filled in with bone and allowed to heal before a new implant is placed. Keep smiling !

In brief: Similar

The process of removing a dental implant is very similar to removing a tooth.
The surgeon often may need to remove some bone around the implant to facilitate it's removal. Sometimes a trephine drill is used to do this to preserve as much bone as possible. Once removed, the defect is filled in with bone and allowed to heal before a new implant is placed. Keep smiling !
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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2 doctors agree

In brief: NO

Teeth have fibers or periodontal ligaments that connect teeth to bone.
These ligaments must be removed or cut before extraction of teeth. Dental implants do not have these ligaments, so they are basically fused to bone. It is much more difficult to remove fused implant than to remove ligaments and pop out a tooth.

In brief: NO

Teeth have fibers or periodontal ligaments that connect teeth to bone.
These ligaments must be removed or cut before extraction of teeth. Dental implants do not have these ligaments, so they are basically fused to bone. It is much more difficult to remove fused implant than to remove ligaments and pop out a tooth.
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Depends on what is "botched" sometimes you can salvage the dental implant and "unbotch" it.
Some failed dental implants are easy to remove as there can be significant amount of bone loss around the implant. However, some dental implants are fused to the jaw bone and the procedure can be like having a tooth extracted.

In brief: Depends

Depends on what is "botched" sometimes you can salvage the dental implant and "unbotch" it.
Some failed dental implants are easy to remove as there can be significant amount of bone loss around the implant. However, some dental implants are fused to the jaw bone and the procedure can be like having a tooth extracted.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

Depending on whether the implant is loose or not there can be different methods to remove the implant.
If an implant has successfully integrated with bone, removing it can require a special procedure, not similar at all to extracting a tooth. If the implant is loose it will be much easier to remove.

In brief: It depends

Depending on whether the implant is loose or not there can be different methods to remove the implant.
If an implant has successfully integrated with bone, removing it can require a special procedure, not similar at all to extracting a tooth. If the implant is loose it will be much easier to remove.
Dr. James Wright
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In brief: Depends

If the implant has failed due to infection and has failed to integrate with the bone it is most likely loose and will be removed quite simply.
If on the other hand the implant has integrated with the bone and has failed for a reason other than infection , ie broken, or poorly placed, a special drill will have to be used to remove the bone around the circumference of the implant.

In brief: Depends

If the implant has failed due to infection and has failed to integrate with the bone it is most likely loose and will be removed quite simply.
If on the other hand the implant has integrated with the bone and has failed for a reason other than infection , ie broken, or poorly placed, a special drill will have to be used to remove the bone around the circumference of the implant.
Dr. Charles Lamberta
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In brief: No!

A dental implant that has been placed incorrectly or out of position so it isn't usable, but has fused to the jaw bone will require a special surgery with special surgical instruments to carefully remove it.
Then the hole the implant came out of will need to get a bone graft, but the removal is nothing like a tooth extraction as the implant fused to the bone.

In brief: No!

A dental implant that has been placed incorrectly or out of position so it isn't usable, but has fused to the jaw bone will require a special surgery with special surgical instruments to carefully remove it.
Then the hole the implant came out of will need to get a bone graft, but the removal is nothing like a tooth extraction as the implant fused to the bone.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry

In brief: Easier in implant

A failing dental implant usually is very easy to remove and debride since there is no or little osseointegration take place, i.
e., there is not much bone to implant contact. A removal in this case is within 2-5 minutes. If the implant placed at a wrong location and it osseointegrated, if would require a more complicated procedure (30 minutes to 1 hour). This situation is very rare.

In brief: Easier in implant

A failing dental implant usually is very easy to remove and debride since there is no or little osseointegration take place, i.
e., there is not much bone to implant contact. A removal in this case is within 2-5 minutes. If the implant placed at a wrong location and it osseointegrated, if would require a more complicated procedure (30 minutes to 1 hour). This situation is very rare.
Dr. Dinh Bui
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In brief: Easier

If the implant failed for any number of reasons it will be removed easier then an extraction as their may not be any bone attached ( integrated ) to it.
The area is cleaned and another longer or wider implant is placed at the same visit, possibly with some bone.

In brief: Easier

If the implant failed for any number of reasons it will be removed easier then an extraction as their may not be any bone attached ( integrated ) to it.
The area is cleaned and another longer or wider implant is placed at the same visit, possibly with some bone.
Dr. Gary Herskovits
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental implant

A botched up dental implant can be removed very easily during the first few weeks of its placement.
But if an implant is integrated then its removal will be much more complicated process. It's more damaging to the bone. Basically it needs to be cored out with some of the bone around it.

In brief: Dental implant

A botched up dental implant can be removed very easily during the first few weeks of its placement.
But if an implant is integrated then its removal will be much more complicated process. It's more damaging to the bone. Basically it needs to be cored out with some of the bone around it.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Can be similar

Depends on the condition of the bone, location of the implant and the condition of the implant.
Sometimes the tissue is fibrous and the implant never had much bone grow around it -- this is easiest. Other times there can be significant bone and the removel process is like coring an apple -- called trephining. Good luck with your procedure.

In brief: Can be similar

Depends on the condition of the bone, location of the implant and the condition of the implant.
Sometimes the tissue is fibrous and the implant never had much bone grow around it -- this is easiest. Other times there can be significant bone and the removel process is like coring an apple -- called trephining. Good luck with your procedure.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Brian Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

Usually in my experience it is no more difficult than removing an impacted wisdom tooth.
It is usually "botched" because the practitioner that placed the implant was not appropriately trained . Quit often there is poor integration of he implant because it was placed incorrectly and is not fully integrated which makes it relatively straight forward. You will most likely req a bone graft to fix it.

In brief: Depends

Usually in my experience it is no more difficult than removing an impacted wisdom tooth.
It is usually "botched" because the practitioner that placed the implant was not appropriately trained . Quit often there is poor integration of he implant because it was placed incorrectly and is not fully integrated which makes it relatively straight forward. You will most likely req a bone graft to fix it.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
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In brief: Depends on the issue

If we are talking about the position of the implant and the implant is integrated, then it can be a challenge especially if we need to preserve bone in case of placing another implant.
If it's become loose then it's fairly similar to an extraction. It all depends on where you are with your treatment.

In brief: Depends on the issue

If we are talking about the position of the implant and the implant is integrated, then it can be a challenge especially if we need to preserve bone in case of placing another implant.
If it's become loose then it's fairly similar to an extraction. It all depends on where you are with your treatment.
Dr. Winston Muditajaya
Dr. Winston Muditajaya
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In brief: Typically

It won't seem much different to you.

In brief: Typically

It won't seem much different to you.
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
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