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Are You Planning to Get Your Implants Restored?

Posted by BRUCE J GRIMALDI, DMD on Jul 23 2020, 05:59 AM

Dental implants are indeed one of the best oral restorations of all time. They are the go-to solution to replace missing teeth and are highly recommended by dentists from all around the world. Their durable and long-lasting nature makes them highly sought-after and preferred over dental bridges. Here is a worthy read if you are planning to get implants, or thinking about getting your existing implants restored.


Why dental implants?

When you get a natural tooth extracted, the dentist will suggest you get it replaced by a prosthetic one. This is to avoid the various drawbacks of missing teeth such as jawbone deterioration, hindered oral functionality, displeasing appearance of the smile, and drifting of the adjoining teeth.  


Here are some prominent benefits of implants:

  • Implants are inserted into the jawbone by means of a titanium stud. This acts as the prosthetic tooth root and holds the visible crown stably in place. You can bite and chew food without any hassle, and stop worrying about the implant breaking or getting dislodged.
  • Dental implants are made from highly durable materials such as titanium and dental-grade ceramic to mimic the tooth roots and crown, respectively. This allows them to stay as good as new for several years together.
  • Since implants are placed in the jawbone, they fill the gap left by the tooth root. This keeps the adjoining teeth from drifting from their right positions, thereby avoiding malocclusion or a change in the jawbone shape.
  • The visual similarity of a dental implant with that of a natural tooth is exquisite. It can be customized to match the color, texture, and contour of the missing natural tooth.

Do implants require frequent restoration?

Implants are pretty strong and durable, and the chances of them needing modifications are seldom, provided you take good care of them. Patients should avoid biting hard objects, tearing open plastic bags or removing bottle caps using their teeth, etc. to prevent damage to the implant. In case your implants undergo damage and require restoration, here is what you can do:


Loosened implant: This can occur when the metal implant stud hasn’t entirely fused with the existing jawbone. Also, if the jawbone isn’t dense or wide enough, it wouldn’t be able to hold the implant firmly. We may have to remove the implant and perform a bone graft to increase the volume of the underlying bone. After this, the implant will be inserted in the jawbone.


Cracked or broken crown: When the visible implant crown sustains damage due to a hard blow to the mouth or an accidental fall, it may break, crack, or chip. In such instances, the crown can be replaced with a new one without having to address the metal stud.


If you happen to face any other concern with the dental implant, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to assist you with the treatment.


Call us at (908) 277-0171 or schedule an online appointment, and we’ll guide you further.


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