How to Deal With Common Dental Implant Problems
Dental implants are fast becoming the modern alternative to replacing broken or missing teeth. As such they provide many benefits including enhanced oral health and the ability to smile, speak and eat properly to name but a few. However even though here at Sheen Dental, dental implants in Richmond are around 98% successful, it’s perhaps inevitable that there are going to be some problems or issues which are going to come to light. There are in fact many reasons why these issues occur and the blame doesn’t always lie squarely with the dentist performing the procedure. With this in mind, let’s have a quick look at the issues that can affect a successful implant and see what can be done about them.
This is in essence an infection that affects the gum and bone around the implant. Normally caused by a patient’s bad oral health, peri-implantitis can result in inflammation of the area and eventually a much weakened or loose implant. If this occurs then the implant has to come out, the infection has to be cleared up, and a brand new implant needs to be refitted.
Implants that become loose
This can happen for a number of reasons. Firstly the surgeon might have made an error and placed the implant in bone that isn’t strong enough or indeed… there isn’t enough of it to support the implant. Although, with on onset of modern technology such as 3D cat scanners human error is becoming a rarity. Another reason is that osseointegration (bone fusion) hasn’t occurred. This in itself could be down to a whole host of reasons including continued smoking or heavy drinking. Uncontrolled diabetes may also be problematic as it can dramatically slow down the bone fusion process. The patient may also have had an extreme reaction to the implant (although it has to be said that this in itself is very rare). Finally the patient may have taken a knock to the mouth which may have in turn weakened the implant. Again the implant has to come out and be re-secured in place.
Broken or cracked implants
Because of the very nature of the strength of an implant it’s highly unlikely (unless it’s faulty) that the titanium rod will crack and break. Instead it’s far more likely that it’s going to be the porcelain crown. If this is so, then in the case of a crack or a small chip the tooth may be repairable. However if not, then a new porcelain tooth will be made and placed on the supporting titanium post. If for some reason the titanium post itself has cracked or broken, then it will have to be replaced with a new one.
At Sheen Dental we advise all our patients that if they experience problems with a dental implant in Richmond then it’s important that they act quickly and bring it to our attention immediately. Fortunately implant failures are the exception and not the rule, so if you have any concerns about the implications of undergoing treatment for dental implants, or are simply in need of more information then why not book a free no-obligation consultation with us? Visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk or contact us on 020 8876 5277. We’re standing by to help.