3 Ways to Tell That Your Dental Implant Needs to Be Restored

Take care of your dental implants

Dental implants are often the best option for tooth replacement. They let you enjoy your smile’s restored appearance and function for many years. At some point, the replacement teeth your dental implants support may need replacement. These signs may indicate that you need dental implant restoration.

Dental Implants and Implant Restoration

There’s an important difference between having a failing implant and requiring dental implant restoration. A dental implant comprises multiple parts, each with its own distinct lifespan.

First, there’s the titanium screw that is implanted into the jawbone. This provides a strong and lasting foundation and is typically expected to last for the patient’s lifetime, barring any disease or serious injury.

Another component, the abutment, attaches to the titanium screw. The abutment serves as a connection between the titanium screw and the replacement tooth. The replacement tooth itself is the primary concern for implant lifespan.

The dental implant provides a foundation for a dental crown. The crown is the component that can wear down over time or become damaged. Crowns last a long time when properly cared for, needing replacement after 15 to 20 years. When damage occurs, you only need to replace the crown instead of requiring an implant replacement.  

1. A Loose Crown

A loose crown is a sure sign that something needs to be done. Dental crowns are securely fixed to the abutment withcement. They should have a strong hold without any movement. If you notice that you can move your crown, reach out to your dentist right away.

There could be an issue with the dental cement itself, which could require simply recementing the dental crown. In other cases, your dental crown might have some defect preventing it from fitting perfectly. Also, something may have damaged the abutment itself.

In any case, you need to see your dentist to prevent the situation from becoming worse. The crown could come off completely if it was already loose. If a crown does come off, make sure to bring it when you see your dentist.

2. A Cracked or Worn Crown

Dental crowns are made of various materials, typically porcelain and other types of ceramics. These materials are strong but can chip or crack during strong impact. If you notice any visible cracks, reach out to your dentist immediately. The same goes for any chips or pieces that fall off of your crown. Keep the pieces and bring them to your dental appointment.

Dental implants can also wear down over time. While uncommon, you could require replacement due to wear, generally after 15 to 20 years.

3. Peri-Implantitis

Peri-implantitis is an infection of the gums around the dental implant. The same bacteria that cause regular gum disease can affect the area around an implant, potentially spreading to affect the surrounding gum, tooth, and bone tissue. Plaque and tartar can build up on a dental crown, so proper oral hygiene is vital.

You may start to notice symptoms related to gum disease due to peri-implantitis. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are common signs. You may notice discoloration, such as red gums or a dark line at the base of the crown. Eventually, gum tissue recession and even abscesses and tooth loss are possible.

How you can take care of your tooth implant.

The tooth implant screw is incredibly strong and doesn’t require any specific care after healing. Like any other restorative procedure, you’ll have some clear instructions to follow during recovery after your implant surgery to prevent infection and other complications. Damage is very rare once the implant has healed completely.

The dental crown placed over the dental implant is susceptible to damage if not taken care of properly. Avoiding particularly hard foods can help prevent cracks and chips. Some types of nuts and chewing on ice are prime examples. Using your teeth as a tool for anything other than chewing, like opening packaging, can also cause damage.

If you grind your teeth, you’ll need a night guard to prevent damage to the crown. Grinding causes damage to both crowns and natural teeth, so a patient who shows signs of grinding should consider a night guard. Using a mouth guard during any sports activity is vital to prevent a sudden impact from cracking the dental crown.

Your Dental Implant Restoration in Greensboro, NC

When the time comes for dental implant restoration, you can put your trust in the team at Farless Dental Group. Our team handles all types of dental implants in Greensboro, NC, with high-quality crowns and implant-supported dentures.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs that it could be time for dental implant restoration, we can carefully evaluate your needs and find the right solution. Reach out today to find out more about your options.