While serious problems with dental implants are rare, sometimes issues occur. If you experience a problem with your dental implant, our team is here to help. Some of the most common issues with an implant include the implant becoming loose, the crown cracking, or the crown falling off.

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Loose Dental Implants

Sometimes a dental implant can become loose when osseointegration – the fusion of the titanium implant into the jawbone – isn’t complete. The process can take several months and if it doesn’t occur, the implant can become loose.

Another factor that can affect the stability of an implant is the density and strength of the jawbone. For example, an infection or gum disease can weaken the jawbone and cause an implant to become loose. Possible signs of this include swollen, red, or bleeding gums. Some patients also experience a toothache with a loose implant. If any of these issues occur, contact us immediately.

Dental Implant Repair

How an implant is repaired depends on where the problem is and whether the crown is damaged. If damage is to the dental crown only, the titanium post portion of the implant may not be affected. In that case, implant repair is noninvasive.

For more severe issues affecting the post or jawbone, for example, if jawbone density is the issue, surgery may be required.

Finding the exact issue and determining the appropriate course of care requires a dental exam.

The time frame for implant restoration depends on several factors, including the healing process from the prior procedure. In some cases, when the tooth of the dental implant is fractured, the restoration involves the use of bonding material. In other cases, it may be necessary to replace the crown. Again, the only way to know for certain is with a thorough exam by our dentist.

Dental Implant Replacement Process

If it is determined that an implant needs to be replaced, the process involves surgery under anesthesia so that the existing implant can first be removed.

After removal, the jawbone is grafted in a process similar to what you experienced during the initial procedure. Although minimal, there will be some discomfort. This may include soreness and swelling after the implant has been removed.

When you receive your new implant depends on the healing process and other factors. Our top priority is making sure the reason for the problem is fully addressed and that your gums are completely healed before the process of installing a new implant is initiated.

If you notice issues with your dental implant, contact us right away. Dr. Ley and the team at Mile High Dentistry are here to answer your questions about implant restoration, new implants, or other dental procedures. Contact us today at (303) 745-3182 to schedule your appointment.