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Dental Implant Center

Diagram of implants atWestwood PeriodonticsWelcome to our Dental Implant Help Center. Our goal is to provide comprehensive answers to all your dental implant queries, ensuring you have access to reliable, expert advice. From troubleshooting common issues to understanding the benefits of choosing a periodontist for your implant needs, this page is your go-to guide.

What Should I Do When I Have a Loose Crown

If your dental implant crown feels loose, it's crucial to address the issue promptly to avoid further complications. Avoid chewing on the affected side and contact your periodontist immediately. A loose crown can often be easily tightened or replaced, ensuring the integrity and functionality of your dental implant.

What Should I Do If My Dental Implant Feels Loose?

If your dental implant feels loose, it's essential to contact your periodontist immediately. A loose implant can indicate issues with bone integration or the implant structure itself. Early intervention can prevent further complications.

What Do I Do When I’m Experiencing Sensitivity and Bleeding with My Implant?

These are signs of an infection. Infections around implants, known as peri-implantitis, require immediate attention. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, or pus around the implant site. Contact your periodontist as soon as you notice any signs of infection. Treatment options include deep cleaning around the implant, antibiotics, or more advanced procedures to remove the infected tissue and promote healing.

What to Do if Your Dental Implant Doesn’t Feel Right

Any discomfort or unusual sensation around your dental implant should be evaluated by a periodontist. Whether it's a feeling of looseness, discomfort on biting, or general unease, an

early consultation can prevent further issues. Your periodontist can diagnose the problem through an examination and X-rays and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Why Are Periodontists the Best Choice for Implants?

Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. Their extensive training in these areas, combined with a focus on saving and healing teeth, makes them uniquely qualified to manage dental implants. Unlike oral surgeons, who may often extract teeth, periodontists strive to preserve and restore your natural smile whenever possible.

What Do I Do When Food Is Getting Stuck Under My Implant?

This usually happens when the implant is misaligned or the crown is not placed well. The best person to ask is Dr. Gupta because she has a thorough understanding of dental implant hygiene and how to fix.

How Can I Tell If My Implant Is Infected?

Signs of implant infection include redness, swelling, pain at the implant site, or pus discharge. You may also notice a bad taste or odor. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt evaluation and treatment from your periodontist.

Can a Failed Dental Implant Be Replaced?

Yes, a failed dental implant can often be replaced. The specific approach depends on the cause of the failure. Your periodontist will assess the situation, which may involve removing the failed implant, treating any underlying issues, and planning for a new implant.

Why Is My Gum Receding Around My Dental Implant?

Gum recession around an implant can result from several factors, including improper implant placement, insufficient gum tissue, or peri-implantitis. A thorough examination is needed to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

What Causes Peri-Implantitis and How Is It Treated?

Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues around dental implants, leading to the loss of supporting bone. It's often caused by bacterial infections similar to those that cause periodontal disease. Contributing factors include poor oral hygiene, smoking, and pre-existing conditions like diabetes.

Treatment involves meticulously cleaning the implant surface to remove bacterial deposits. This may require surgical intervention to access and thoroughly decontaminate the affected area. In severe cases, bone grafting might be necessary to regenerate lost bone. Antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthwashes can also be part of the treatment regimen. Preventive measures, including excellent oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups, are essential to avoid recurrence.

What Are My Options If I'm Not Satisfied with the Aesthetics of My Implant Restoration?

If you're unhappy with how your implant restoration looks, discuss your concerns with your periodontist. Options may include replacing the crown or veneer with one that better matches your natural teeth in shape, color, and size.

I'm Experiencing Pain Months After My Implant Procedure. Is This Normal?

While some discomfort is normal in the weeks following implant surgery, persistent pain months later is not typical and warrants investigation. Causes could range from infection to issues with the implant's integration into the bone.

My Dental Implant Crown Cracked. What Should I Do?

A cracked implant crown needs to be addressed by your dental professional. Depending on the extent of the damage, the crown may need to be repaired or replaced to restore functionality and aesthetics.

How Do I Manage Sensitivity Around My Dental Implant?

Sensitivity around a dental implant can sometimes occur. Good oral hygiene and the use of desensitizing toothpaste may help. If sensitivity persists, it's important to consult with your periodontist to rule out underlying issues.

What Should I Do If I Notice Bleeding Around My Dental Implant?

Bleeding around an implant, especially when brushing or flossing, could indicate inflammation or infection. Schedule an appointment with your periodontist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.

Why Does My Dental Implant Make a Clicking Sound?

A clicking sound from a dental implant could indicate a problem with the implant itself or the prosthetic component. It's essential to have this evaluated to ensure the implant and restoration are functioning correctly and to prevent further issues.

2. My Dental Implant Crown Feels Tight; What Should I Do?

If your dental implant crown feels tight, it could be due to several reasons, including changes in your bite or inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. Initially, try to determine if the tightness is accompanied by pain, swelling, or changes in bite alignment. Regardless, it's important to schedule an appointment with your periodontist for a comprehensive evaluation. Adjustments to the crown or treatment of underlying gum issues may resolve the problem.

Can Grinding My Teeth Affect My Dental Implants?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can indeed impact dental implants by exerting excessive force on the implant and surrounding bone, potentially leading to implant failure or complications with the implant restoration. To protect your implants, it's crucial to address bruxism. A custom night guard made by your periodontist can minimize the stress on your implants during sleep. Additionally, stress reduction techniques and behavioral modifications may help manage bruxism.

Is It Normal to Have a Metallic Taste After Dental Implant Surgery?

Experiencing a metallic taste after dental implant surgery can occur but is generally temporary. It might result from blood present in the mouth during and immediately after the procedure. However, if the metallic taste persists, it could indicate an infection or reaction to the implant materials. Maintaining good oral hygiene and monitoring the situation is important. If the taste

does not resolve or is accompanied by other symptoms like discomfort or swelling, contact your periodontist for an evaluation.

What Happens If My Dental Implant Is Not Positioned Correctly?

An incorrectly positioned dental implant can lead to several issues, including aesthetic concerns, difficulties with biting or chewing, and discomfort. It can also affect the longevity of the implant and the health of surrounding teeth and tissues. If you suspect your implant is not correctly positioned, it's critical to address this concern with your periodontist as soon as possible. Correction might involve adjusting the restoration (the crown, bridge, or denture) or, in some cases, removing and replacing the implant. A thorough assessment will determine the best course of action to ensure the implant functions correctly and meets your aesthetic expectations.

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For any concerns or issues with your dental implant or restoration, the first step is always to consult with your periodontist. Dr. Gupta and our team are here to provide expert care and solutions to ensure the health and longevity of your dental implants.

If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, don’t wait for them to get worse. Please call (551) 751-2024 to schedule an consultation appointment now!

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