When to Replace Implant Restorations
For the most part, after you get dental implants, you will enjoy uninterrupted years of function after getting dental implants. However, there are a few signs that should cause you to talk to a Savannah implant dentist about crown replacement.
Loose Dental Crown
Some people panic if their dental implant starts to feel loose. While we can understand the concern, a “loose implant” is normally not a cause for concern. It’s usually not the implant that’s loose; it’s the restoration. A restoration might be loose because the abutment is damaged or because the crown itself or implant is damaged.
If the crown or abutment is damaged, your Savannah implant dentist can replace them. If the implant itself is loose, we might splint it and hope it heals. However, if it doesn’t heal, we will extract it and potentially replace it with a new implant.
High-quality dental crowns are very stain resistant. However, older crowns and lower-quality crowns may begin to show their age in time. If you’ve had your dental implant or implants for decades, you may no longer be happy with the appearance of the dental restorations.
Whether you have a quality crown or not, using toothpaste that’s too abrasive can lead to discoloration. The abrasive toothpaste will wear away the protective layers of the dental crown, causing some staining. When this happens, your dental crowns might look more discolored than your natural teeth.
Sometimes, though, you might have the opposite problem: your natural teeth have become discolored, and your crown, which is stain-resistant, no longer matches.
Whether it’s your crowns or your teeth that are discolored, if they no longer match, it’s time to replace the dental crowns on top of the implants.
Modern dental processes use very strong ceramics to make dental crowns. These should be able to resist chipping if they’ve been placed properly and you don’t have bite problems like TMJ.
But some people do experience chipped crowns. Clenching, grinding, and trauma can all damage your dental crowns and other restorations. Your Savannah implant dentist can replace damaged crowns with stronger alternatives and check to make sure that your dental implant and crown are properly fitted to avoid excessive bite force on the restorations. At the same time, we can check for bite problems that aren’t (yet) affecting your implant but contribute to symptoms like jaw pain and headaches. That way, we can ensure that your entire bite is healthy.
Modern dental crowns are highly resistant to wear, but that’s not always true for some materials used in partial or full implant dentures. Some older materials used in these restorations (especially acrylic) can wear down with use over time.
This may also be true of older dental crowns. Sometimes these were made with a plastic material that could get worn down.
Opposing Tooth Damage
Sometimes, it’s not the restorations themselves that show problems but the teeth that oppose them. When dental implants are made of very strong material but are fitted poorly or without regard for your natural bite, they can cause damage to your natural teeth.
If teeth opposing your dental implants have experienced damage, it may be time to replace your current restorations with ones that fit better and support the healthy function of your jaws. Choose a Savannah implant dentist who understands bite science to ensure you get a healthy bite that avoids damage to both restorations and teeth