Re-treatment of Compromised Sites in the Esthetic Zone

The predictability and long-term success rate of dental implants is well documented in the literature.  Nevertheless, complications and failures do occur, requiring retreatment.  Failing implants and the consequences of implant removal usually result in significant loss of hard and soft tissues and jeopardize efforts to achieve satisfactory function and esthetics. This lecture will discuss treatment modalities to deal with dental implant failure in the esthetic zone. When an implant fails, a customized treatment plan should be provided for each patient depending on the relevant needs. Patients should be informed about all possible treatment options and that achieving an ideal esthetic result in the compromised site is often elusive and in many cases, impossible.

Course objective
Topics of discussion include

  • Identify risk factors associated with early and late implant failures
  • Understand the difference between patient-related versus site-related etiology for implant failures
  • Describe treatment options for replacing failed implants
  • Pre-operative risk assessment
  • Identifying the failing implant
  • Replacing failed implants at the same site versus the use of other restorative options