Does your dental implant seem a little wobbly these days? Although the majority of implants remain firmly in place for years, problems can occur occasionally. Our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group explains what can go wrong and discusses how your dental implants can be restored.
If your implant, the part of your new tooth that replaces your tooth root, has broken, replacement is the only option. After the broken implant is removed, a new one can be added to the opening in your jawbone. You may need a bone graft before you receive a new implant, even if you didn't need a bone graft initially. Bone grafts build up the bone in your jawbone, making it strong enough to support the new implant.
Implants can become loose due to infections or gum disease. The problem can also occur if the implant didn't fully bond to your bone or you grind your teeth at night. If your dental implant becomes loose, it must be removed and replaced. Bone grafts may also be needed if you must replace a loose implant.
If your implant becomes loose due to periodontitis or gum disease, you'll need to be successfully treated for the infection before you can receive a new implant. Wearing a night guard to sleep can prevent damage caused by grinding or clenching your teeth.
Loose or broken crown
Sometimes, people assume that their implant is loose when the crown is actually the problem. Depending on the cause of the issue, you may need to replace your crown, abutment or the screw in the abutment. If your crown has broken, it will be necessary to replace it.
Implant problems don't go away on their own
It's only human nature to hope a problem naturally resolves itself. Unfortunately, if you develop a problem with an implant, it won't eventually get better. If you notice an implant issue, call our Glenview office as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose and treat the problem, the sooner you'll be able to use your tooth again.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace lost teeth, but problems can occur occasionally. If you're concerned about an implant, call our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Quezada of Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.