Dental implants can last a lifetime when cared for properly, but if yours don’t feel as comfortable as they once did, you may need an implant restoration. John H Ko DDS offers dental implant restorations at his office in Pleasanton, California. Whether you have a cracked crown or a loose implant, Dr. Ko can identify the problem and find the right restorative treatment for you. To schedule an appointment, call John H Ko DDS or book online today.
A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically inserted into your gums and tooth-supporting bone to replace your tooth roots. A dental implant is an ideal treatment if you have a missing tooth. Unlike alternative options, like a dental bridge, an implant screws into your jawbone — much like your natural tooth roots — so they firmly hold your replacement teeth in place.
If you opt for a dental implant, Dr. Ko takes X-rays and scans of your mouth to design your individualized placement plan. At your appointment, he administers anesthesia before surgically placing the implant into your gums and jawbone.
Your mouth heals over the next six to 12 weeks, further securing the implant in place. When you return to Dr. Ko’s office, he takes impressions of your mouth to create your new replacement teeth. Finally, he connects your replacement teeth to your implant at your last visit.
Dental implants are extremely durable and often last for 25 years or more in most cases. Any changes to your jawbone, dental crown or dentures, or the implant itself, however, can impact your dental implant’s ability to hold your teeth in place.
If you’re experiencing difficulties with your implant, Dr. Ko can restore any portion of it at your office to prevent complications, such as bite misalignment or infection.
Some of the most common reasons you may need an implant restoration are:
If the crown or denture connected to your implant breaks, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ko right away to protect your implant and bite. After evaluating your mouth, he may remove the broken crown or denture and take impressions to create a new one.
While implants are extremely durable, they can break or bend. This is often the result of severe teeth grinding, a misaligned bite (malocclusion), a sudden blow to the face, or an improperly placed dental crown. If this is the case, Dr. Ko may remove the implant and fit you with a new one.
Osseointegration is the process in which your implant bonds to your jawbone. This naturally secures the implant in place, so it can stabilize your replacement teeth. Failed osseointegration often occurs when you don’t have enough healthy jawbone to support the implant. If this happens, Dr. Ko may recommend removing the implant and performing a bone graft to add healthy bone for your implant.
If you’re struggling with dental implants, call John H Ko DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.