Dental implants are life-changing for people who are missing teeth. They are durable and an attractive approach to smile revival while improving oral health.
Dental implants have an astounding 98% success rate. They can last forever if maintained. However, unintentional damage or neglect may necessitate maintenance or repair. But how do you know if your implant needs repair, and what should you do if it does?
Five Signs You Need an Implant Restoration
ConfiDENT Dental’s dentists are highly trained in restorative dentistry and fully equipped to complete various implant restoration procedures. You can feel confident entrusting us to care for your implant repair needs.
The following indications reveal your dental implant may require maintenance:
- Pain or Discomfort
- Pain or discomfort is an early indicator that your dental implant may need to be fixed. Discomfort often signals a more severe problem, like an infection or a failed implant. See one of our dentists if you experience pain or sensitivity at the implant site that does not subside within a few days.
- Loose or Shifting Implant
- A stable dental implant should not move or shift. If you notice any looseness or movement of your implant, it is essential to contact our practice immediately. A loose implant may indicate bone loss or a failed integration between the implant and the jawbone, requiring prompt attention to prevent further complications.
- Gum Inflammation or Infection
- Healthy gums are crucial for the long-term success of dental implants. If you notice redness, swelling or tenderness in the gum tissue surrounding your implant, it could indicate inflammation or infection. One of our dentists must evaluate you to stop the infection from spreading and address any underlying concerns.
- Changes in Bite or Alignment
- Dental implants should function as natural teeth, allowing you to bite and chew comfortably. However, if you experience changes in your bite or notice a shift in the alignment of your implant, it could indicate a problem. One of our dentists should examine any misalignment issues because they can make eating and speaking difficult.
- Excessive Wear or Damage
- Dental implants are durable but not indestructible. Therefore, if you observe excessive wear, chipping, cracking or any other visible damage to your implant crown or restoration, it must be assessed promptly. Ignoring damaged elements can lead to further complications and compromise your implant’s integrity.
LAPIP Protocol for Failing Dental Implants
Rest assured! ConfiDENT is here to assist you in case you require a repair for your implant. Leveraging the Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP) protocol, we are able to perform a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates new gum tissue and helps with bone growth to restore the dental implant and improve oral health. This procedure is performed by Cesar Tapia, DDS, MICOI, MAAIP, who has undergone extensive training and received several certifications to be able to perform this advanced protocol. Not only has Dr. Cesar gone through extensive training, this is the ONLY FDA cleared laser for bone-regeneration.
Make a Dental Appointment Now If You Think Your Implant Needs Repair
If you experience the signs mentioned above, scheduling a session with a trusted dental implant specialist at ConfiDENT Dental is crucial. Early detection and timely intervention are vital to preventing complications and preserving oral health.