Dental implants provide many patients with stable foundations for prosthetic teeth, allowing them to restore their smiles after losing natural teeth. Typically made from durable titanium, dental implants are surgically attached to the jawbone, serving as an anchor for a replacement tooth or teeth.
Implants represent a popular option for people requiring long-term solutions to a range of dental issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, oral injury, or congenital dental conditions. While these implants are designed to last many years, they may lose their efficacy when damaged. With this in mind, what should you do if your implant comes loose? And how can Harmony Dental of Santa Clarita help fix the problem?
Options for Fixing Dental Implants
The type of restoration your dentist recommends will depend on the severity of the damage and the state of your oral health. For example, patients with poor bone health may require bone grafts for successful implant replacement. Broadly speaking, options will include implant restoration treatments or total implant replacement.
Restoration is typically considered when the dental implant is still securely attached to the jawbone, but the abutment or prosthetic tooth is damaged. Restoration procedures usually include removing and replacing the worn parts of the implant. Dentists may treat minor damage using techniques such as polishing and recontouring. The advantage of minimally invasive restoration is that recovery is simpler and shorter compared to surgical options.
Implant replacement is recommended when the integrity of the implant fixture is compromised by infection, structural damage, or inadequate integration with the jawbone. The procedure involves removing the original fixture and surgically integrating a new implant into the jawbone. The advantage of this option is that it helps address underlying issues and ensures the patient enjoys a well-integrated implant.
Harmony Dental of Santa Clarita is here to assess and fix your dental implant damage using a technique that suits your needs. Book an appointment today!
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