Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth. They can give you back both the look and function of your smile and with the right maintenance, you don’t have to worry about replacing your implants anytime soon.
However, there are some cases where this permanent implant may need to be restored. Here’s how to tell whether you should book an appointment with Dr. Lindsay Cash to get your dental implant looked at.
1. The Implant Is Loose
A dental implant will function just like a natural tooth. The metal post is inserted into the jaw and requires a 6-month healing period to ensure it remains fixed.
As a result, dental implants should never feel loose. If it feels like your implant is moving, then you may need to have it restored. Most likely, you’re dealing with a damaged abutment, which is the connector piece between the metal post and the dental crown.
But in rare cases, a loose implant can be a sign of implant failure. Either way, be sure to get it looked at right away.
2. Gum Disease
You can still get gum disease even if you have a dental implant. If you notice minor bleeding or if your gums feel tender and swollen, then you may be experiencing the first sign of gum disease.
This is a serious infection that can even lead to loose implants and permanent tooth loss. The infection attacks the gums and it can easily spread across the jawline, so it’s very important to get treatment ASAP.
3. Damaged Crown
In most cases, when people talk about a damaged implant, they actually refer to a damaged dental crown. Most of them are made out of porcelain, which is a durable and stain-resistant material.
However, dental crowns can still chip, crack, or simply wear down because of regular wear and tear. If your dental crown is damaged, you’ll have to get it replaced with a brand-new one.
What Does Implant Restoration Involve?
Dr. Lindsay Cash will first take a look at the dental implant and determine the reason why you’re experiencing issues with it.
Once this assessment is done, she will recommend the best course of action for your specific case, which could be:
- Fix the crown or abutment if possible
- Scan your mouth to create a new custom crown
- Getting treatment for gum disease, etc.
Book an Implant Restoration Consultation at Pearl Dental Studio
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, this timeline can sometimes be cut short, but it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Dr. Lindsay Cash is here to help restore your implant and your overall oral health.
To get started, book an implant consultation at Pearl Dental Studio online.
For more information about our implant restoration services, you can call us at (864) 214-1440 for a chat.