If a dental implant does not fuse with the jawbone, chances are still good that a second implant will work out, says a study published in the online issue of the journal Clinical Oral Implants Research.
The study was done by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. They focused on people who had early implant failure, which happens when the metal implant and the jawbone do not fuse together.
The 66 people in the study had their failed implants replaced with new implants, and researchers then kept track of them for an average of six years. During that time, three people dropped out of the study. At the end of the study, 91% of the second implants were considered successful.
The authors concluded that early implant failure was not a barrier to placing another implant at the same place. They noted that it is important to wait for tissues and bone to heal before placing the second implant.