Dental Implant Restoration: Fixing Faulty or Worn-out Dental Implants

Has something gone wrong with your dental implant(s)?  It happens more often than anyone would like.

When dental implants fail you need a trustworthy dentist who can restore your dental implant and make it function as it should have from the start.  Dr. Graham Forbes at Capital Dental Design in Richmond can restore your dental implant(s).

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment, or read on to learn more about restoring dental implants.

How often do dental implant crowns require replacement?

Dental implants – the titanium rod placed in the gum to replace a tooth’s root – can, under ideal circumstances, last a lifetime. Crowns, the “tooth” part of the implant, are only rated for ten to fifteen years.

Most patients will need to come in for crown replacements at least once after getting dental implants. That is just part of the process, and expected. Sometimes implants will fail or will present deeper problems. At that point, you may need dental implant restoration.

What causes dental implant problems?

You may have a higher risk of dental implant problems if:

  • You have diabetes.
  • You have osteoporosis.
  • You have autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
  • You’ve struggled with gum disease in the past.
  • You grind your teeth at night.
  • Your teeth aren’t properly aligned.
  • You smoke or drink.
  • You don’t practice good oral hygiene.

The number-one problem leading to dental implant failure is a lack in the skill of the dentist.

How often do dental implants require restoration?

14.5% of patients experience dental implant failure some time after having the procedure done. Most are struck with a condition called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis attacks the jawbone and can lead to implant loss. It starts by attacking the tissue around the implant.

Peri-implantitis is serious, but sometimes can be fixed without surgery. Antibiotics or debridement both may be appropriate if the dentist catches the condition in the early stages. Some patients may need bone grafts or other surgeries before their implants can be restored.

Peri-implantitis isn’t the only implant problem: The human body can reject dental implants, though that is relatively rare.

How can I prevent dental implant problems?

Most people will never experience problems. If you haven’t gotten your implants yet, make sure you choose a dentist with plenty of experience. If you have dental implants already, practice good oral hygiene, avoid cigarettes and alcohol, and keep any medical conditions you may have under control.

What are the signs of dental implant problems?

You should always pay attention to pain and inflammation. Implants never should feel loose, and they never should shift about while you’re eating or talking. One major benefit of dental implants is your ability to chew or speak normally while you wear them. (And if you can’t do so, you’ve got a problem.)

Swollen, inflamed, recessed, and bleeding gums are other warning signs. Those problems won’t go away on their own. If you can see the implant at any point, contact Capital Dental Design right away.