Treatment for Dental Implant Problems
Expert Treatment for Dental Implant Complications
Dr. Rubino will occasionally see new patients who have received implants in the past but who are now having difficulties with them. Although the vast majority of implant placements are successful, a very small percentage of them develop complications which require treatment by a specialist such as Dr. Rubino.
Skilled implant care specialist
Dr. Rubino is highly experienced and skilled in the placement and care of dental implants, including the diagnosis and treatment of any complications with implants. He performs advanced diagnostics to accurately determine the difficulties with a failing implant and uses proven, effective techniques to bring the implant and surrounding tissues back to a stable and healthy condition whenever possible.
In rare instances when an implant has completely failed and cannot be saved, Dr. Rubino can remove your implant and place a new one. In this case, he will thoroughly explain the treatment needed to replace your implant and will answer all your questions beforehand.
Signs of Dental Implant Problems
The following are signs that your implant has developed complications and that a full examination is needed:
- The gums around the implant are red or a bluish-purple color (evidence of inflammation)
- The gums are swollen around the implant
- The area around the implant is sensitive or painful
- The gums around the implant bleed at the gumline when brushing
- Pus is coming from the gums or the implant site
- The threads of the implant post are visible
- The implant is loose
Causes of Dental Implant Problems
The main causes of implant complications or failure are as follows:
Implant placement failure
Implants placed in the wrong position or where there is inadequate bone support can become unstable. Average biting forces on an inadequately supported implant can cause the implant to become loose or even fall out.
There are also rare instances where the implant is placed in the proper position but the surrounding bone fails to integrate (fuse) with the implant surfaces. This leaves the implant improperly supported and subject to instability or loss. Unstable implants are also more prone to infection.
Infection around the implant
Infection of the gum tissue around an implant is a special form of gum disease known as Peri-Implantitis. Peri-Implantitis is considered to have developed when there is an infection in the gums and bone around the implant.
Peri-Implantitis can be caused by a number of factors, including poor oral hygiene, smoking, major health conditions such as diabetes, or dental cement from the implant crown leaking into the tissues. It can also more rarely be the result of bite misalignment putting excessive pressure on the implant and destabilizing it.
Dental restoration placed too soon
Sometimes crowns, bridges or dentures are loaded onto the implants immediately after the implants are placed. This is fine if the implant is stable enough to support the load. But if the restoration is placed before the implant can easily manage the added pressure, the implant can become destabilized or even fail.
Treatment for Dental Implant Problems
Dr. Rubino is very meticulous in each step he takes to effectively treat Peri-Implantitis and other implant complications.
Thorough exam and determination of treatment
Dr. Rubino will conduct a full oral examination to determine the extent of any infection or instability, and will take digital X-rays as needed to gauge the level of bone loss. He will also assess the bite forces between the implant crown and the teeth in the opposing arch to see if there is any bite misalignment causing excessive pressure on the implant.
If the examination shows that the implant complications are treatable, Dr. Rubino will restore the implant area using appropriate techniques. If the implant is found to be too compromised to be saved, Dr. Rubino can remove the implant and place a new one. In this case, he will thoroughly explain the treatment needed to place a new implant and will answer all your questions beforehand.
Eliminating the infection
In the case of infection, Dr. Rubino will thoroughly and gently remove any accumulated plaque and calculus (tartar) around the implant and will clean away any diseased tissue or irritating substance. He uses special Teflon-coated plastic instruments for cleaning around the implant, as these will not scratch the implant post or create other irregular surfaces in which bacteria can lodge.
Regenerating lost bone
When it is found that there has been bone loss around an implant or the bone support was inadequate to begin with, Dr. Rubino will often place bone grafting material around the implant to regenerate the needed support.
Correcting structural problems
Very rarely, the implant abutment screw will be discovered to have become loose, or an attachment piece on a denture prosthetic will be found to be fractured or lost. Dr. Rubino will carefully tighten the screw if needed, and he can replace the fractured or missing attachment pieces as necessary.
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Exam, X-rays & Consultation
If you are experiencing any of the signs of dental implant complications or Peri-Implantitis, take advantage of our New Patient Special Offer and come in to see Dr. Rubino as soon as possible for a comprehensive oral exam and consultation. He will thoroughly investigate the problem, determine its cause and explain in detail what can be done to correct it. He will thoroughly answer any of your questions so you are comfortable and can make a well-informed decision. Your visit will include:
- Digital X-rays
- Panoramic X-rays (as needed)
- Periodontal probing and charting
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Oral cancer screening
- Consultation with the doctor
- Discuss your treatment options (during free 2nd appointment)
- Get all your questions answered
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