DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONS
What happens if an implant fails?
If you suspect that your dental implant is not healing properly, not tightly attached to your jaw bone, or is showing any signs of failure such as looseness or swelling, it is important that you contact your dentist right away. Many times, there are simple steps that can be taken to save the implant and restore a healthy mouth. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth dentist is an expert in dental implant repair and restoration services.
When a tooth is lost, so is the function of the mouth and confidence in one’s appearance. Should the missing tooth not be replaced, bone loss and damage to surrounding structures will occur. Luckily with the use of dental implant restoration, Dr. Brit Phillips can safely restore an aesthetically pleasing smile and improve the full function of the jaw/mouth. Today’s cutting-edge dental implants are strongly designed to endure the test of time. That said, there are common situations that necessitate seeking dental treatment when implant problems occur.
Dental Implant Problems and the Causes of Failure
There are a few situations that may require further dental work or repair of dental implants. Many times, problems with dental implants are minor and therefore are easily corrected. Learn more about common issues with dental implants. However, if a problem does occur with any dental implant, it is important that patients seek assistance immediately, so that proper care can be received.
More significant issues related to dental implants are:
Failed Implant to Bone Bond
Like with any surgery, there are a variety of factors, both internal and external, that can cause complications to occur once a dental implant is in place. The most common issues occur when the bone does not grow and fuse properly with the dental implant. This situation, known as failed osseointegration, will cause the connection between the implant and the jaw to become weak. When failure to fuse with the natural bone occurs, chewing can be difficult, and the implant may become uncomfortable, loose, or even fall out completely. Failed osseointegration can be caused by poorly positioned implants that result in excessive loading (allowing too much pressure to be placed on the implant), bones without sufficient density, infection, and trauma.
Insufficient Bone Density
Oral bisphosphonates, or medications prescribed for osteoporosis, can get in the way of properly bone healing after an implant is placed. Patients taking Fosamax, Actonel, or Boniva should let their dentist know prior to receiving a dental implant.
Peri-implantitis is an infectious disease that can lead to an inflammation of the gum and bone surrounding a dental implant. The inflammatory process causes bone to deteriorate, and the dental implant may become loose. Issues that can lead to Peri-implantitis include smoking, diabetes, a poor immune system, thin gums or exposed bones, and poor dental hygiene.
For antibiotic therapy to save the dental implant, the infection must be caught early, but unfortunately, Peri-implantitis may evolve unnoticed and undetected for months or years. In this situation, there are a multitude of techniques, including a laser, to improve the health of the implant without the use of undergoing surgery.
Signs of Peri-implantitis
- Abnormal bleeding at the gumline
- Gum very red or purple/blue (gum irritation or inflammation)
- Pus coming from gumline near the implant
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Looseness to the crown or implant
- Gum pain
- Bad breath
Nerve or Tissue Damage
Dr. Phillips uses a variety of tools, including digital radiography and CT scans to ensure a dental implant is safely placed. Implants that are not properly placed can harm normal anatomic structure such as nerves, blood vessels, sinus cavities, etc. While some bleeding and pain are common after a dental implant is placed, if they last longer than a few days, patients should contact a periodontist.
When replacing upper teeth with implants, there is a slight risk to perforating the sinus cavities. Should an implant protrude significantly without the proper repair during surgery into the sinus cavity, inflammation and infection can occur. As a preventative measure, Dr. Phillips may suggest a bone graft to create the barrier necessary in between the implant and the sinus cavity. If a sinus problem does occur, there are methods to correct the problem during surgery.
Problems due to foreign body rejection or allergic reactions are rarely seen with modern dental implants. Bending and breaking are also uncommon thanks to strong materials and innovative design. Trauma, external force, and long-term pressure from years of teeth grinding may cause an implant to crack or fracture, however. These issues are generally easy to address by Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth.
If you are experiencing any common or more serious issues with your dental implants, call our Mira Vista dental office at (817) 361-1999 and let Brit Phillips DDS get you on the road to oral wellness!