Dental implants are the best way to fully restore the look, feel, and function of your smile if you have missing teeth. But if your existing implants are starting to feel uncomfortable or out of place, John E. Taylor, DDS, and his team perform implant restoration procedures at the office in Ladera Ranch, California. Implant restoration fixes damaged or ill-fitting dental implants, so you can speak and chew comfortably once again. If your dental implants don’t feel as comfortable or secure as they once did, call John E. Taylor, DDS, or book an appointment online now.
Dental implants are small titanium screws placed into your jaw to replace your tooth roots. These artificial roots act as stabilizers to hold your replacement teeth firmly in place.
Dental implants are the most effective treatment to restore the function and appearance of your smile if you have missing teeth.
While dental implants can last for 25 years or more with the right care, they can become damaged, as can your replacement teeth.
There are many reasons your implants or replacement teeth can break, crack, or loosen. Some of the most common reasons for implant restoration include:
The most common reason for an implant restoration is damaged replacement teeth. Whether you have a dental crown or dentures connected to your implant, normal wear-and-tear, teeth grinding, and accidental injuries can break or damage your replacement teeth.
After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Taylor can remove your damaged replacement teeth and take new impressions to create your custom-made restorations.
One of the most important benefits of dental implants is that they osseointegrate, or bond, to your jaw during the healing process.
While failed osseointegration is rare, it can happen if you don’t have enough healthy bone to hold the implants, or if you don’t allow enough time for your mouth to heal before getting your replacement teeth.
To fix this problem, Dr. Taylor may recommend removing the implant and performing a bone graft. Then, he can fit you for a new dental implant.
A broken implant is extremely rare, but it can happen during an accident or injury. After examining your mouth, Dr. Taylor may repair the broken portion of the implant or fit you for a new one.
If you’re experiencing any changes to the fit, function, or appearance of your dental implant, schedule a full dental exam with Dr. Taylor to determine whether you need an implant restoration.
Before the procedure, Dr. Taylor and his team take several scans to determine the source of your damaged or ill-fitting implant, including digital X-rays, dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, and CariVu™ intraoral cameras.
These scans, along with a comprehensive exam of your mouth, can help determine why your implants aren’t functioning as they should.
To learn more about implant restoration, call John E. Taylor, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.