Dental implants typically last for 25 years or more, and the dental implant procedure has a very high success rate. In many cases and with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Sometimes, patients experience problems that cause their dental implants to loosen or even fall out. The issues may be due to an injury or accident, poor care, or for other reason. When dental implants do fail, dentists can perform dental implant restoration to repair a dental implant.
Dental implants may loosen or fall out because the implant itself, which is a titanium post surgically implanted into the jaw, never fuses with the jawbone. Ideally, the titanium posts fuses with the bone in a process known as osseointegration, which occurs over the course of several months after implantation. Poor osseointegration allows the post to wiggle and loosen. Dental implants may also fail if the bone remains strong – gum disease or infection that weakens the bone can cause instability of the implant.
Implants may also fail if the crown cracks or breaks. The crown is the part of the implant that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Fortunately, Dr. Rob and his team can repair dental implants.
Restoration of a Dental Implant
To restore a cracked crown, your dentist will repair the crown with bonding material. If the crown needs replacement, the dentist simply removes and replaces the failed crown. This can be done in one or two appointments.
Restoring the titanium post is more complex, and requires several appointments. First, the dentist removes the old implant, which may require dental surgery. If the implant failed because of weakened jawbone, your dentist will then perform a bone graft to strengthen the bone. After your jawbone has healed, your dentist will implant a new post and cap it with a crown.
For more information on dental implant restoration, contact Pardee Family Dentistry.