Repairing and Replacing Old Implant Restorations
The dental implant can easily last a lifetime, but the restorations attached to the implant may need repair periodically and replacement in 10-30 years.
Some of the more common reasons why people need their dental implant restorations repaired or replaced include:
- Implant no longer matches teeth
- Restoration is chipped or cracked
- Restoration is loose
- Implant is exposed
Initially, your implant restoration will likely be such a perfect match for your natural teeth that a stranger won’t know which tooth is the implant. Over time, though, the implant may no longer match your teeth. Usually, your teeth grow darker, while the restoration retains its beautiful brightness.
As with natural teeth, dental implant restorations can get chipped and cracked because of biting or trauma. A replacement restoration is usually easy to place.
We understand that you might panic if your implant starts to feel loose. However, most of the time it’s not the implant itself that is loose. It’s the restoration. Either the restoration or the abutment (connecting piece) is damaged or loose. At best, we might be able to simply re-screw or rebond the restoration. Sometimes, we might have to replace it.
The dental implant isn’t supposed to be visible. If your titanium implant is exposed, we will have to evaluate your oral health to make sure you don’t have peri-implantitis (gum disease affecting your implant) that’s causing receding gums. If the implant looks healthy and stable, we might simply replace the restoration to better conceal your implant.