Dental Implant Repair
At Horizon Dental, we are here to help and provide repairs to ensure
your dental implant remains in excellent condition.
Dental implants are known to be a highly dependable solution for replacing missing teeth. However, just like natural teeth, they can still be subject to damage or wear over time so repairs may be necessary.
Below are some of the common issues that may require dental implant repairs, as well as the common ways that dental offices handle the issues. If you experience any issues with your dental implant, it is important to seek dental care promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the long-term success of your implant.
Common Issues Requiring Repairs
- Loose Implants: Due to implant failure, bone loss, or an infection, the implant can become loose. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly.
- Broken or Fractured Implants: Break or fractures in dental implants can be caused by excessive biting forces, accidents, or other factors. Depending on the damage, the implant may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Peri-Implantitis: Peri-Implantitis is a type of gum disease that affects the inflames the tissue and bone surrounding the implant. If left untreated, bone loss can occur which can lead to implant failure.
- Screw Loosening: The screw, or post, that holds the implant in place can loosen over time, causing the implant to become unstable.
Repairing Dental Implants
If the implant is loose or badly damaged, the only option may be to replace it. This simply involves removing the loose or damaged implant and replacing it with a new one.
Bone grafting may be necessary to rebuild the bone structure, if bone loss has occurred around the implant. This grafting will help to provide a more stable foundation for the implant.
Soft Tissue Grafting
If the gum near the implant has receded, a soft tissue graft may be needed to restore the tissue and provide better support for the implant.
If the screw that holds the implant in place has become loose, it may be possible to restore stability by simply tightening it.
Antibiotics, if an infection is present, may be prescribed to help fight the infection and prevent further damage to the implant.