While dental implants are the most advanced and longest lasting restorative dental treatment to replace missing teeth, they are subject to certain issues if not maintained properly.
At Salt Run Family Dentistry, we recommend checkup visits every three months for patients with dental implants. This way we can ensure you’re getting the very best hygiene care for your dental implants, and we can address any problems early in the process.
There are a number of causes for implant failure. Peri-implantitis can cause loss of an implant and loss of the bone surrounding your dental implant, if you’re not careful. Bacterial plaque is one of the major causes of peri-implantitis, so proper oral hygiene and maintenance is a must to keep implants healthy and prevent their loss. Other causes of implant failure may be due to clenching and grinding your teeth, or improperly placed crowns or bridges that cause too much tension on the implant.
Your dentist will do whatever they can to save existing implants that show signs of infection, mobility, or failure, including: Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR), detoxification of the infected site and implant using medications, and the Waterlase MD Laser. In some situations, the failing implant must be removed. Your dentist will use the tools necessary to minimize damage to the surrounding areas.
Contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation or second opinion visit. We’ll assess your current level of oral health, discuss your goals for your smile, and recommend a unique and practical treatment plan specifically for you.