Are you struggling with your dental implants? While implant issues are quite rare, they aren’t impossible. At Impressive Smiles Tampa, Robert J. Perez, DDS, restores existing dental implants at his Tampa, Florida, office. Your newly restored implants can last a lifetime when cared for properly. Call Impressive Smiles Tampa or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that screw directly into your gums and jawbone to replace your tooth roots. Once placed, they fuse to your jawbone throughout the healing process, so they become a natural addition to your mouth.
Implants create a stable base for a prosthetic tooth if you have missing teeth. These extremely reliable restorations help your new prosthetic look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Not only do dental implants hold your dentures or dental crowns in place, but they also make it easier to chew and speak without difficulty. In most cases, dental implants last for 25 years or more.
The most common reason patients turn to Dr. Perez for a dental implant restoration is that their implant has started loosening. There are many reasons this occurs, such as:
Osseointegration is the process in which your dental implant fuses to the jawbone. If this doesn’t occur fully, your implants can come loose at any time.
Dental implants require a healthy amount of jawbone to hold your implants securely in place. Bone deterioration, from gum disease or an infection, can cause your implants to loosen over time.
A cracked denture or dental crown is dangerous without the right treatment. Not only does it make speaking and chewing uncomfortable, but these small breaks can also cause an implant fracture.
If you crack your denture or dental crown, Dr. Perez must assess the damage before repairing it. Unless the crack is small and can be easily repaired with bonding material, he may recommend a full replacement.
Loose dentures, whether caused by failed osseointegration or changes in your jawbone, typically require additional surgery. In most cases, Dr. Perez removes the dental implant and performs a bone-graft surgery to ensure you have enough support.
Fortunately, one loose implant doesn’t necessarily mean your others are also failing. Dental implants have a success rate of 99 percent, so you likely won’t have to undergo the entire process again.
If you think your dental implants are loosening or failing, call Impressive Smiles Tampa or schedule an appointment online now.