Generally speaking, dental implants have a very high success rate. In fact, problems with implants are very rare. Implants are designed to permanently replace your missing teeth, and they can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene practices at home and regular visits to a dentist for dental cleanings, exams and other preventive care. However, in some cases, you may find that a problem develops or that your implant needs to be repaired.
There are two reasons why your implant may need to be repaired. First, your implant restoration (crown, bridge or denture) may have sustained damage. If the damage is limited to the restoration, our dentist will usually be able to simply replace it to repair and restore your implant.
Second, your implant may become loose. If this is the case, then it may be because osseointegration (the process of the implant post bonding with the supporting bond) did not occur fully or because periodontal disease has damaged the supporting bone. This may require the implant to be removed and a bone graft to be provided before a new implant can be placed. Other treatments may be recommended as needed.
When you visit Dakota Implant & Sedation Center, Dr. Eaton will evaluate your mouth and the implant to determine the cause of the problem. Once the problem has been diagnosed, he will be able to develop a customized treatment plan.