Dental implants are designed to last a very long time — a lifetime, in fact. It is possible, however, for dental implants to become damaged and need to be repaired. At Oakwood Dental, we offer a variety of dental implant restoration services to ensure your dental implant looks and feels like new for life.
What Kinds of Implant Restorations Are There?
Implant restorations are designed to repair damaged dental implants. There are two common types of issues that can occur with dental implants over time.
- One issue is that the crown can start to feel loose on top of its abutment and wobble, shift, or otherwise move around.
- Another problem is that the crown can become damaged with a chip or crack.
These repairs are fairly simple to fix. In the first case of a loose crown with no damage, one of our dentists can simply remove your crown, clean it and the abutment, and replace it on top of the abutment using new dental cement.
In the case of a damaged crown, we can order a new crown to replace your damaged one. We then remove the damaged crown from the abutment, clean the abutment, and permanently cement the new crown to your dental implant abutment.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime. The anchor portion of a dental implant should last patients for the rest of their lives – no matter how young they are when the implant is placed. Anchors typically only become compromised if the patient develops significant periodontal disease or if the patient sustains an injury to the jawbone or face.
Implant crowns are slightly more delicate. However, they typically last 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care.
Tips for Extending the Life of Your Dental Implant
To extend the life of your dental implant crown, it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly, and avoid putting excessive wear and tear or pressure on your implant crown.
To extend the life of your implant, avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or pens. If you have sleep bruxism, protect your dental crown by wearing a nightguard while you sleep. If you participate in sports or other physical activities that put you at risk of injury, be sure to wear an athletic mouthguard.
How To Know If You Need an Implant Restoration
Signs you need to schedule an appointment for an implant restoration include:
- Your implant’s crown feels loose.
- Your implant’s crown comes off.
- Your implant’s crown is chipped, broken, or cracked.
Is Dental Implant Restoration Painful?
Implant restoration is neither painful nor uncomfortable. Restorations typically only involve repairing the implant’s crown, which is entirely above the gum line. This means no nerves are even touched or disturbed during the process.
Dental Implant Restoration in Bucyrus
If you have noticed any signs that could indicate your dental implant needs repair, we welcome you to contact Oakwood Dental. Our dentists in Bucyrus can look at your dental implant and provide you with the repairs you need to keep your replacement tooth looking, feeling, and functioning like new.