Frequently Asked Questions

Can your mouth reject a dental implant?

Dental implants have evolved to a point where their success rate is incredibly high. However, there is always an exception, a case where due to different circumstances, a mouth ends up with a dental implant rejection.

Dental Implant Rejection

Early Implant Rejection

An early implant rejection happens when a patient’s body is extremely sensitive to external objects, so the implants are rejected before the bone heals completely. Or it might also happen when a patient suffers from an allergy to certain metals. Given this situation, you and your dentist should consider different  material options for your treatment. That is why it is important that you tell your doctor if you suffer from any allergy when using different types of jewelry or with any other implant in the past.

Late Implant Rejection

Unlike the early implant rejection, in this case a complication may happen after the bone has healed. This might be due to postoperative trauma, insufficient oral hygiene, smoking, etc. In some cases, this rejection can be avoided if the dentist detects the problem before the implant is placed.


When we talk about negligence, there are two types. Professional and patient alike. 

It is important for you to choose an expert when talking about implants (or any other health issue). This is because a dental implant is a long procedure that requires plenty of expertise to be successful. There are different phases in this process where a little mistake can make your mouth reject your implant, such as wrong alignment, not waiting enough time to carry on to other phases, using low-quality materials, post-surgery care and much more. 

On the other hand under some circumstances there could be patient negligence. When referring to this, we mean the lack of care given to the implant. Getting an implant requires complete oral hygiene, since our mouth contains plenty of bacteria which can accumulate underneath the crown and lead to an infection on your gums or bone. If you don’t clean your mouth as you are supposed to, your implants could get infected, and unfortunately this infection can end up with a dental implant rejection.

Older Technology

As every discipline, implantology evolves through time, just like the techniques, tools, the implants and the materials that are used. That is the reason why if you had a dental implant a long time ago, it may be time to get a new one. The rejection in this case can happen because of time and because technology and techniques weren’t as precise as they are today.

Rejection Signs

When diagnosed on time, a dental implant rejection can be easily treated, but if it isn’t the patient might need an implant extraction. Which would mean more treatment time and of course, more financial repercussions. That is the reason why you should keep an eye on any of these signs.

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Swelling gums 
  • Moving or loose implants
  • Trouble when chewing

How to avoid dental implant rejection

To avoid a dental implant rejection it is extremely important to take your dentist’s advice on how to take care of your implant, but before this, you should carefully choose a capable specialist who can also detect if there is an issue that should be solved before getting the implant. Oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, can’t be missed. And of course, always go to your dentist appointments.
Reduce your dental implant rejection possibilities by scheduling a consultation with an Esteem doctor near you and getting high quality implants through a complete and safe procedure.