Dental implants are designed and constructed to replace your natural teeth. However, there are cases when even the implants need to be replaced. Experts report that certain factors may lead to the replacement of dental implants. If you suspect a need for replacement dental implants, here are the signs and symptoms you should keep in mind.
Dental experts say that over time, plaque collects around the base of your crowns even with your best cleaning efforts. Flossing and brushing regularly, accompanied by frequent visits to your dentist, are important in eliminating plaque. These practices will also make your implants last longer.
Plaque doesn’t harm porcelain, but the acid waste produced by bacteria inside plaque corrode your gumline. This causes the gums to pull away from your implant crown. Your dentist can spot any gum recession and treat it immediately before it worsens.
Over time, wear starts to appear on your dental implant crown. Studies report that the majority of crowns can last for an average of 10 to 15 years. Crowns are as susceptible to damage as your natural teeth. You can crack your crowns when you have an accident, bite something hard, or get injured.
Dental experts also say that your crowns can get cracks if you have bruxism, which is the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth. Through this habit, tiny fractures appear on your crown and then they turn into bigger cracks. If you have malocclusion, wear on the surface of your dental implant happens a lot sooner. This means more frequent crown replacements.
You should frequently go to your dentist for a dental cleaning. The bacteria along your gumline should be cleared regularly so that they don’t reach the jawbone. Dentists say that if you don’t get your gums cleaned all the time, an abscess may develop at the base of your implant. This could lead to a decrease in your jawbone’s density, which could then cause your implant to fail.
When there is infection forming in your gums, you will experience swelling and pain especially when you eat or speak. You should go to your dentist and have the infection treated right away. The possible replacement of certain parts of your implant could then follow.
Your crown loosens if the adhesive that connects the abutment to the crown fails. When this happens, your implant’s crown must be replaced. You’ll know if your crown is loose if you hear a series of clicks whenever you speak or chew.
Dental implants are supposed to bring back your smile. Even if they are supposed to be lasting solutions to your tooth loss, you should know when they should be replaced. At Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping you keep your new smile. Please visit our clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for a walk-in consultation. You can also opt to call us at 561-693-0580, if you have any questions, or if you want to schedule an appointment.