YES, it is possible to remove a titanium implant from the mouth.
When the dentist has the right tools, the procedure is simple. MUCH more simple than the surgery needed to place the implant.
Patients that report metal sensitivities or patients unpleased of showing a metal ring at the gum level, there are many reasons that a patient could ask a dentist to have the metal (titanium) implant removed.
Below we are going to describe step by step, how the surgery/treatment is performed:
This patient has 2 titanium implants in the upper left side of the mouth and a metal-ceramic bridge.
When the bridge that is screwed on the titanium implants is removed, it can be seen that there has been an oxidation process and the the different metals have corroded, creating a metal tattoo in the surrounding tissues of the implants.
This is one kit that can be used as an example, to remove a titanium dental implant from a patients mouth.
These are two parts that are assembled together and screwed to the implant. Once the implant and the tow parts are connected together, with the help of a special wrench, the metal implant can be unscrewed using high torque. With local anesthesia, there is absolutely no pain.
Once the torque wrench has reached high values, the implant is easily unscrewed.
Once the two titanium implants are removed from the bone, the dentist has to decide if the patient has enough bone to place the CeraRoot zirconia implant at the same time, or the socket has to be grafted with bone and wait some months for healing. This patient had better bone situation in the posterior implant, and therefore a CeraRoot implant could be placed on the same day. The anterior implant socket did not have enough thickness of bone to be able to place the CeraRoot zirconia (ceramic) implant.
The extraction socket in the front is grafted with artificial bone and closed with the patients own gum.
After 1 month, it can be seen that the extraction socket of the anterior implant is completely healed. The zirconia implant has some stains because the patient has brushed the implant very gently following the instructions.
A summary of all the steps to remove the titanium implants.
This is the final x-ray after the CeraRoot implant has been placed, on the same day that the titanium implants were removed. The missing implant, will be placed in a few months, when the bone heals and the new ceramic implant can be placed with good guarantees. When the case is finished we will post the end result.
VIDEO OF A TITANIUM IMPLANT REMOVAL by Dr. Oliva (Barcelona, Spain)