Dental implant problems are generally very rare. Dental implants are a common procedure, and are relatively low risk. However, occasionally a problem may occur that causes a patient to need a dental implant replaced or repaired. Dr. Robbie Smith has had years of experience replacing or repairing implants and she works with a highly qualified team of local oral surgeons for follow up care.
Implants that are placed by an oral surgeon are subject to far fewer problems than those placed by a general practitioner. Dr. Robbie Smith will often refer a patient to her network of Wake Forest oral surgeons if the implant repair or replacement is beyond the scope of her general practice or requires surgery.
Common Dental Implant Problems & Questions
Why would you need to repair or replace a dental implant?
- Loss of bone or recession around the gum line around the dental implant.
- Loose or cracked crowns (the tooth part of the implant).
- Infection around the dental implant.
If my dental implant becomes loose should I wait a few days to see if it will return to normal?
Absolutely not! If your dental implant becomes loose come in immediately. Unlike a natural tooth an implant will not heal naturally, if it becomes loose it will stay that way or potentially worsen. Not repairing a loose implant immediately could lead to permanent bone damage and eliminate the possibility of replacement.
What are some signs of infection at the dental implant site?
It is relatively easy to recognize the signs of infection at the implant site, just listen to your body. Swelling, discomfort, pus or blood at the implant site are warning signs of periodontal disease or infection. Other warnings could be a loose dental implant or excessively bad breath. If you have any doubt or confusion about oral infection visit Dr. Robbie Smith, she will be glad to clarify.
If one dental implant cracked or became loose will all the others encounter the same problem?
Statistically, no. Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate so any failure is likely due to oral trauma or other extenuating circumstances. However, if you are concerned about the health of your other implants let Dr. Smith know and she will gladly examine them.
What is the process for replacing a dental implant?
If a dental implant needs to be fully replaced Dr. Robbie Smith will refer you to an oral surgeon. They will need to remove the dental implant, clean the site and potentially graft your jawbone in that area. If you do need bone grafting you will have a period of several months while that bone heals before they will replace the implant. They will replace the dental implant and the recovery process will be very much like it was when the implant was first placed.
Contact Wake Forest Dentist Robbie Smith DDS for your Dental Implant Repair & Replacement Needs
If you need restoration for your existing dental implants, or any other restorative dentistry service, call on Robbie Smith, DDS today. Not only does Dr. Smith offer the experience and resources that you need when it comes to your dentistry needs, but our practices also provides a welcoming and comforting environment with a friendly and compassionate staff.
If you need restorative, general or cosmetic dentistry services in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville or any of the surrounding areas contact us today. We are happy to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!