Dental implants are durable and long lasting, which is why they’ve become such a popular option for missing teeth. However, as with anything, an implant can’t be guaranteed to last forever. They’re subject to wear and tear, and can fail. Read on to learn what can be done if this happens to your implant.
What’s a Dental Implant?
First of all, what is a dental implant? Implants are a fantastic solution for many patients missing teeth. An implant is essentially a replacement tooth root. Made of titanium, the implant is inserted into the jaw bone, much like a screw. The restoration tooth, custom made to blend in with the rest of the smile, is then attached. Implants are great because of that seamless integration, and because they’re durable and comfortable.
Can an Implant Fail?
Although it’s not common, implants can fail for a whole variety of reasons, from infection to teeth grinding. If your implant fails, you’ll likely experience pain and discomfort, you may feel the implant shifting, and you’ll notice swelling and recession of the gums near the affected area. A healthy and effective implant should be completely fused into the jaw bone, and shouldn’t be visible. If your implant does fail, the course of action will depend very much on the cause of failure and the state of the implant. In some instances, the area can be filled and the implant can be restored, but there are also instances where the damage is too great or the implant is incompatible with the area, or with the patient. If you notice your implant failing, the best thing to do is to see your dentist as soon as you can. He or she will work to determine the solution that’s best for you.
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