Implant Restoration


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Dental implants are a highly popular, highly effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. They off numerous benefits over traditional replacement choices, including greater comfort, more natural in look and feel, and ease of care. One of the greatest benefits of dental implants, however, is that they work to stop bone loss in your jaw, preserving the health and strength of your jawbone. Dental implants have a 98 percent success rate. While this success rate is high, there are some instances in which they might fail. In the event of implant failure, Winning Smile Dental Group can help with implant restoration.

Why Do Implants Fail?


There are several reasons why implants might fail. Some implants can fail before you have fully healed from surgery, while other implants can fail long after successful healing. Reasons include:
•  Improper implant placement. If the implant is placed improperly at the time of surgery, the implant is at a greater risk of becoming loose or even breaking.
•  The Implant does not integrate into the jaw properly. The success of implants depends heavily upon the fusion of your jawbone to the posts. Reasons for osseointegration failure are not always known, but when the implant does not fully integrate, it may be loose or fall out.
•  Infections. Peri-implantitis is an infection around the implant that causes bone and soft tissue inflammation. This can lead to bone loss, and the implant is compromised. Periodontal disease can also cause similar issues.

How Do I Know My Implant Is Failing?


There are several signs that can indicate a failing implant.
•  Pain. Some pain is to be expected during the healing process and is completely normal. When healing properly, the pain fades over time. However, if the pain does not go away, or it gets worse, this can indicate failure.
•  Swelling. Swelling is another normal occurrence following surgery and should fade as healing progresses. If the swelling gets worse while healing, or it begins after you have already fully healed, it can indicate an infection.
•  Your implants feel loose. Properly integrated into the jaw, implants should be stable, and should not move. If the implant wiggles or even just feels loose, it can indicate failure. In many of these cases, you may also notice a change in your bite.

What Risk Factors Increase the Likelihood of Failure?


There are certain factors that can increase your risk of failing implants. These risk factors include:
•  Smoking, or using other tobacco products, especially during healing. Using these products can slow the healing process, which increases your risk for infections.
•  Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth.
•  Chronic diseases.
•  Your jaw is missing a significant amount of bone mass.
•  Poor oral hygiene. Even with dental implants, it is still possible for plaque and bacteria to build up on your replacement teeth, which can lead to gum disease. Bacteria can travel under the gumline and destroy the bone around the implants, loosening them.

How Is Implant Failure Diagnosed?


If you notice any issues with your dental implants or suspect that something is wrong, it is important to seek treatment immediately. We will thoroughly examine your mouth and take digital images. The images will allow us to see the implants in the jawbone, and the condition of the bone itself. Treatments include:
•  Periodontal cleanings. In the instance of peri-implantitis or gum disease, deep cleaning of the areas around the implants is done to remove the infection and allow your tissues to heal.
•  Growth proteins. If you are missing only a small amount of bone mass, either before surgery or after implant integration into the jaw is complete, growth proteins can help. This involves a minimally invasive procedure to apply the proteins, and they work to regenerate the lost bone mass.
•  Bone grafting. If bone loss is too severe, the implants may need to be removed and a bone graft performed. Once you have healed from the bone graft surgery, the implants can be replaced.

What Restoration Options Are Available?


The exact treatment we recommend will depend upon the cause of your implant failure. In instances of infections, we can provide a deep cleaning that should help to resolve the issue.

If you suspect that your implants might be failing, it is important to seek help immediately. Call Winning Smile Dental Group to schedule your consultation today at (224) 307-4977.

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