With the proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Sometimes, however, they require a little TLC in the form of implant restoration. Whether your dental crown feels loose, is cracked or chipped, or you are experiencing other issues as a result of poor oral hygiene practices, our dentists at StoneRidge Dental Care can help you maintain your dental health and restore your dental implants so that they look, feel, and function like new!
How Do You Restore a Dental Implant?An implant restoration refers to restoring or replacing the cap or crown portion of your dental implant, the visible tooth portion — not the actual implant. The process for restoring a crown depends on what is actually wrong with it. If your crown is in good shape but feels loose, our dentists simply remove the crown, clean it and re-affix it with new dental cement. Sometimes, a minor chip can be addressed with a bit of dental bonding. If the crown shows significant wear that is negatively affecting your bite or if it has other significant damage, our dentists then suggest replacing the entire crown with a newly manufactured one. This process involves removing the damaged crown, scanning your mouth to design and create a new tooth replacement, and fitting your dental implant with a temporary crown until your new permanent one can be placed.
Does a Dental Implant Restoration Hurt?No, dental implant restorations are non-invasive and pain-free. When patients need work on their dental implants, they often avoid the dentist, worrying that they need to get a completely new dental implant and undergo another surgery. This, however, is not at all the case. The portion of your dental implant that is fixed in your jawbone (the implant anchor) is permanent and remains in your jawbone. When a dental implant needs restoration, only the crown or cap (the visible tooth-replacement portion) requires work. Restoring or replacing a cap or crown is a simple, non-invasive, and painless procedure because this portion of the implant is completely exposed and not attached or near any of your nerves that would cause pain.
Signs Your Dental Implant Needs To Be RestoredThe following signs indicate that your dental implant might need to be restored:
- Your implant feels loose or wobbly.
- Your teeth do not feel like they match up properly when you bite down.
- Your implant is chipped, cracked, or broken.