Dental Implant Restoration In Frederick, MD
Dental implants are considered by most dentists to be the longest lasting, most durable, and most attractive replacements for missing teeth. By replacing the root of a missing tooth as well as the crown, implants are the closest restoration to a natural tooth. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has stated that implants are the “next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.” Rooted in your jaw, implants are unlikely to need replacement in your lifetime!
The implant itself looks like a small screw, and it functions as the foundation for beautiful dental restorations. Implants securely attach restorations of all sizes to the jaw, from single crowns, to bridges, to dentures. These restorations are generally made from ceramic or another biocompatible material, and are matched to your teeth so they blend right in.
What Happens if a Dental Implant Becomes Damaged or Breaks?
The most common issues with implants are chips and cracks to the dental implant crown, which can be relatively straightforward to repair, depending on the extent of the damage. For minor chips and cracks that do not threaten the structural integrity of your implant crown, the crown can usually be reshaped and restored without replacement. If the damage to the crown is significant, it may need to be replaced.
Occasionally, implants may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear and tear over time. Excessive force and pressure from a grinding habit, or if the number of implants is insufficient to support your teeth, can also affect the integrity of the implant.
Infections due to poor oral hygiene are rare, but they can happen. In order to prevent potentially serious complications with your implants, it is very important to practice a strict oral hygiene routine at home with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental exams and professional cleanings (every six months to a year, depending on your situation).
Implant Restoration Services Frederick, MD
At Ballenger Creek Dental Associates, our team specializes in dental implant restorations. Dental implants are the most durable and permanent tooth replacement option available. Like the natural teeth they replace, implants are built to withstand the everyday pressures created by normal biting and chewing activities. For patients with existing implants, it is possible you may need to visit your dentist at some point for a repair.
You most likely won't have to worry about damaging your implant crowns while biting into an apple or chewing your favorite cut of steak. However, it is possible for implant crowns to break, chip or crack under certain circumstances, just like natural teeth. If you experience a problem with your implants, Dr. LeMonnier offers dental implant restoration using the newest technology available.