Dental implants are intended as permanent replacements for missing or unsalvageable teeth. When properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime. However, certain circumstances may cause the implant to fail. For example, improper treatment, overly aggressive cleaning, and wide temperature changes can cause the implant crown to crack. In addition, some situations can lead to problems with the implant base or the abutment (the part the crown is attached to).
Structure of an Implant
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- Implant: This is the part that is embedded in your jawbone that provides the base for the rest of the structure. It fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration, making it a secure anchor for the replacement crown.
- Abutment: Made of titanium and zirconium, the abutment attaches to the implant and provides a structure for a sculpted porcelain crown to connect to.
- Crown: This is the part that you see above the gum line. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, and they are cemented to the abutment.
In order to be sufficiently sturdy, the implant needs to fuse with the jawbone, the abutment needs to be securely fastened to the implant, and the crown should be well fitted to the abutment. In addition, the gum line needs to remain in contact with the implant so as to prevent infection in the tissue and bone around it, and the tooth needs to be kept clean.
A variety of circumstance may cause any of these to fail. Also, excess stress from chewing or changes in temperature can crack the crown, requiring a restoration. If an implant becomes cracked, chipped, or loose, it is important to see a dentist with experience restoring implants. For residents in the Dallas area, Dr. Lynn is one such dentist.
In many cases, implant restorations deal with the abutment or crown, not the implant itself. If you are in need of an implant restoration, then here is what you can expect at Dr. Lynn’s office:
- Scanning: Lynn uses a Nobel Biocare custom scanner to determine the shape of your implant abutment. This scanner is a state-of-the-art device and is capable of producing highly precise imaging, allowing us to make sure that your restoration is a perfect fit.
- Creating the abutment: In many cases, the abutment needs to be crafted to fit your mouth. This ensures that the replacement tooth is kept perfectly straight and tight. At Lynn Dental, we use zirconia and milled titanium abutments that are custom designed for your implants.
- Making the crown: A porcelain crown is fashioned based on the shape of your mouth and the fit of the teeth around the implant.
- Replacement: The new abutment is placed in the implant, and the fashioned crown is fastened onto the abutment.
If you have an implant that has either failed or is in need of repair, Lynn Dental Care is here to help. With years of experience and training in state-of-the-art procedures, Dr. Lynn is ready to restore your smile with an implant restoration procedure. To set up an appointment or learn more about our services, contact us.