Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as a method of replacing missing teeth. This is due in part to high success rates and easy maintenance. Nevertheless, it is still possible to experience problems with dental implants. Ideally, the titanium implant becomes fused with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. Occasionally a patient’s jaw will not deposit enough bone around the implant to become fully fused, thus causing it to loosen. Implants may become loose as a result of infections or gum disease as well.
If you think you may be experiencing issues such as these with your implant, it is important to have it examined quickly so the issues will not worsen. Contact Smile Essentials to schedule a visit with Dr. Kittell today.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are 2 separate elements of a dental implant that may need restoration. First is the dental crown (or artificial tooth), which may have become damaged or cracked. If it is cracked, it may be fixable without removing it. If the damage is severe, you may need a new crown altogether. If this is the case, a new crown will be forged in a dental laboratory. If the actual titanium posts of your implant are failing, the process will be more involved. It will require surgical removal and possible bone graft to repair the jawbone. Then, after your jaw has healed, you will undergo a procedure similar to the original one.
This is unlikely, as dental implants have a very high rate of success. However, if your dental implant failed due to an injury or trauma you may want to have them all examined.
It is important to look after the implant and crown the same way you look after the rest of your teeth and gums. Maintain good brushing and flossing habits and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams to make sure the implant stays in good condition.