Can Dental Implants be Removed?

NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY


Dental implants are inserted into the bone that comprises the jaw. Once an implant has been placed, osteoblasts and connective tissue in the jaw secure it firmly in place. This, more or less, makes dental implants permanent. However, if an implant needs to be removed, it can be extracted similarly to a tooth.

Dental implants serve as a base for dental restorations such as porcelain crowns, implant supported dentures, or a dental bridge. Implants also act as a replacement tooth root, allowing them to help prevent structural changes to the jaw. Unique among tooth replacement options, dental implants are designed to stay firmly in place and constructed to prevent their coming loose or falling out. However, just like your natural teeth – which are also secured into jawbone by roots – implants can be carefully extracted when needed.

Why Remove a Dental Implant?

Dental Implant Removal New York CityThe most common reason for implant removal is dental implant failure. This typically occurs during the healing process and may show symptoms such as significant pain around the implant site, swelling, the presence of infection, or failure to heal. These issues are rare and can often be avoided entirely by carefully following all of the pre and postoperative instructions provided by our New York implant dentists. During your time in our care, we will work directly with you to help minimize risks and improve your chances of a successful implant procedure.

Dental implants may need to be removed after they have healed if they were placed incorrectly or if they stand in the way of a more comprehensive smile makeover. As treatment needs change, dental implants can be removed and replaced to accommodate new restorations. This is, however, fairly unusual. Under most circumstances, Dr. Ramin Tabib and Elisa Mello will work around existing restorations to reduce the amount of time you need to spend addressing cosmetic and functional issues with your smile.

Our Dental Implants

We offer Straumann dental implants at our Manhattan office. The most clinically validated and extensively researched dental implant system available today, Straumann implants are crafted of the highest quality materials and designed to last for decades. In fact, in over 30 years of clinical research, Straumann implants have shown a 98.8% survival rate in long-term studies. This means that, even after 10 years, almost all patients with Straumann dental implants continue to enjoy the benefits of a strong and attractive smile.

Because we use a quality dental implant, the need to remove those we place is incredibly rare. Less rare, though still uncommon, is the need to extract implants that are of poor quality or were improperly placed by other dentists.

If you suspect you need to have an implant replaced, we welcome an opportunity to meet with you and examine your existing restorations. Please call NYC Smile Design at 212-452-3344 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Manhattan, we provide long-lasting dental implants to patients living throughout New York City and all surrounding areas.