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Dr. Ivan Chicchon received his DDS from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. 

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Unfortunately, sometimes it may not be a false alarm. Implants in the upper jaw have a success rate of over 90% and in the lower jaw it is even higher. However, sometimes the implant fails to bond to the jawbone. In most of these instances, a new implant can be placed and be successful. 

The best thing for you to do is:

  1. Save whatever piece fell out
  2. Call your dentist immediately to make an appointment to inspect the implant site
  3. Be careful to avoid food impaction into the implant site
  4. Rinsing 3x per day with chlorhexidine rinse (aka Peridex Rx) can help keep the healthy until your dentist can see you. (Your dentist may have given this to you in the past for periodontal disease or as part of your implant treatment) 

Healing abutments come in a variety of sizes and shapes. 

First off, don't panic. Every once in a while I get a call from a concerned patient telling me that their implant fell out. When I was first starting out, these phone calls would make me panic too! But over the years I found that 9 times out of 10, I find the implant still soundly in place and there was nothing to worry about.

So what part "falls out." A little metal cap called a "healing abutment" is commonly placed on the implants upon completion of the surgery to help ensure proper shaping of the gingival tissue around the implant.   

By Dr. Ivan Chicchon       Feb 25, 2015

So you think your dental implant may have fallen out! It is not necessarily cause for alarm. These are some things to consider before panicking.

Help! My Dental Implant Fell out!