Dental Implant Restoration
Dentist Stuart, FL
Over the past few years, the quality of dental implants has significantly improved. Dentists have continued to perfect and improve the dental placement procedure. The team at Colin M. McKinney, DMD is impressed with the success rates for implants that are generally estimated around 95 percent or even higher.
Dental implants are a highly successful treatment option for the majority of patients, but there is a small risk of implant failure even with careful planning and placement. Knowing the likelihood of failure is useless if no action is taken to reduce it. The following are some potential strategies for mitigating these risks.
What to Expect Before the Surgery
Prior to implant surgery, dental conditions, particularly periodontal disease, should be addressed. Following that, diagnostic tools such as x-rays, CT scans, and possibly even a wax model of the affected area can be used to develop a restorative treatment strategy. Implant simulation software can be used to examine all relevant anatomical structures and identify viable implant placement options.
Bone grafting may be performed prior to implant placement to increase the likelihood of implant success. Another important consideration is whether to use a cement or a screw-anchored implant. A cement-retained restoration has several advantages, including its ease of use, low cost, and adaptability to various implant access angles via angled abutments. A screw-retained restoration, on the other hand, may have a slightly reduced risk of getting complications as a result of subgingival residual cement.
Restoring Damaged or Loose Dental Implants
Since dental implants can wear down, become damaged, or loosen up, you should be thinking of getting them restored if they are dysfunctional or not functioning properly. The dental implant procedure adopted depends on the part of the implant that has been damaged. If it is the crown or the upper section that has been impacted, then the restoration process can be relatively simple. In fact, the restoration can happen in a single day, with a minimal recovery period.
However, if it is the actual implant that has been damaged, then the process can be much more complex. Here, the damaged implant will be surgically removed, and if possible, there might be a need for bone grafts. After this, a new implant is surgically placed, and the upper crown section is then replaced. It is a process similar to the original process of placing dental implants.
After-Restoration Dental Implant Care
Patients spend a lot of money on implant treatment and have high expectations for the results, but they may not realize how important they are to the process. Their understanding of the dental implant procedure is frequently limited. Long-term treatment outcomes can be improved by assisting patients in identifying potential risks, developing and discussing an appropriate treatment plan, and providing excellent ongoing maintenance care.
When talking about dental implant treatment with our patients, there are several things we ensure are understood. For instance, the importance of following a proper ongoing maintenance plan has to known by the patient. You as the patient must change your behavior to reduce the risk of damage or implant failure and aid in the long-term success of treatment. Call Colin M. McKinney, DMD at (772) 266-2223 and speak to our dentist about any potential issues with your dental implants.