Most of the time, you hear about people getting dental implants. Rarely do you ever hear about people having dental implants removed. While it is an uncommon procedure, it does happen. Here are some reasons why your dentist might recommend that you have your implants removed.

Torn Gum Tissue and Broken Bones

Dental implants are secured by tiny, titanium screws. It takes a lot to loosen a dental implant, especially after the bone has calcified around each implant screw. However, if you receive a pummeling to the face, either through domestic violence or a bar brawl, you can knock them loose. Additionally, if you are in a really bad car accident, the implants can come loose as well.

Typically, when these incidents occur, there is often some broken jaw bone and some torn gum tissue. Your dentist has to remove the loose implants, wire your jaw so that the bone will heal, and then sew up the torn tissue as well. In this case, it may take a year or more before you can have implants put back into these areas of your mouth.

Reaction to Titanium

Approximately 4% of all patients have a titanium allergy. Most patients who have it do not even realize it until they have to have pins in a shattered bone or they opt for dental implants. If you experience a rash, extreme fatigue and a lot of aches and pains after your dental implant surgery, you may be having a reaction to titanium. If that is the case, your dentist may have to remove all of the titanium screws in your jaw and take your dental implants, too.

Severe Infections

While it is extremely unlikely that you could get an infection in your mouth from dental implant surgery, an infection already present can become worse. For example, if you have an abscess already present in your mouth, the dental implant surgery could aggravate it and cause it to spread under the skin and along the jaw. (It would not be your dentist's fault, since he was not informed of any pain or fevers you have recently experienced.) If the infection spreads enough, the implants just above the infection may need to be removed so that the abscess can drain and the whole of your mouth can heal properly. Once your infection is gone and your mouth has fully healed, your dentist can put the implants back in your mouth.

Contact a dental group, like Orange Door Dental Group, for more help.