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Common Problems with Dental Implants

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) estimates that approximately three million Americans have dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium tooth that is surgically implanted in the jaw. When implanted properly on the jaw, it fuses with the bone and provides a surface for an artificial tooth (crown) to be placed. Even though the success rate of dental implants is significantly high, problems with the implants may arise for various reasons. When this happens, visit a dentist to treat the problem before it worsens.

Dental Issues During the Healing Period

Implants need to be surrounded by healthy bones and gums in order to properly adhere. There are a number of factors that can affect the integrity of the bone including smoking and poorly controlled diabetes. Implants that are placed on extraction sites, in narrow ridges and in the upper jaw near the molars, can easily become loose during healing since the bone surrounding these areas is of poor quality.

Problems That Occur While Using Dental Implants

After the healing process, the implant can become loose if the bone cannot withstand the forces and pressure being applied to it. If this happens, your dentist will remove the implant and let the bone fill the area. This procedure might need stitches and bone grafting and most likely you will be put under local anesthesia. The implant can only be replaced once the area has completely strengthened.

Another major cause of loose implants is bone loss, which can be as a result of gum disease. In order to prevent gum disease, practice proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist once every six months.

Structural Problems

A dental implant is comprised of several components:

  • The fixture placed directly into the bone
  • The abutment to hold the dental work in place
  • The prosthesis, which could be a crown, denture or bridge, that acts as the tooth replacement.

Structural problems with the implant arise when the abutment and the screw that are attached to the implant body break. Many dental components are made of ceramic or metals and this increases the risks of fracturing and/or premature wear and tear. If a portion of your implant fractures or breaks, your dentist can evaluate the extent of damage and determine the type of treatment needed. Grinding teeth further damages the crown on your dental implant. As a result, a night guard is recommended to reduce the effects of grinding on the crown.

Learn To Manage Your Implant

Implants do not last a lifetime! They can develop problems like natural teeth. Consult with your dentist before getting dental implants and ensure you understand all that entails when it comes to caring for them, e.g., good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.

If you have any questions concerning dental implants, their care or the overall implant procedure, schedule an appointment with one of our certified dentists at Guerrino Dentistry today.