As we age, our teeth can experience wear and tear, sometimes resulting in cracked or damaged teeth that need to be replaced. Dental implants have been a game-changer, restoring both the appearance and functionality of your natural teeth. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to encounter problems with their dental implants, causing discomfort and frustration.
If you’re facing issues such as implant instability, gum irritation, nerve damage, or misaligned bite, don’t worry, there’s a very good chance your problems can be corrected! In fact, a fairly large percentage of our patients come to us because they are having problems with their implants!
Understanding Dental Implant Problems & Their Causes
Dental implant problems can arise for various reasons. While implants are typically successful, issues may occur due to factors such as inadequate bone integration, infections, nerve damage, or alignment complications. These problems can be distressing; they can impact your comfort and overall well-being. You may be just plain angry because you invested money and time for your implants that now seems wasted.
How We Solve Dental Implant Problems
- Implant Stability and Discomfort
Through clinical assessments and imaging techniques such as X-rays and CT scans, the level of osseointegration (the bonding of the implant with the jawbone) is evaluated which allows us to determine the appropriate course of action, which may involve techniques such as bone grafting or implant revision to improve stability and alleviate discomfort, ensuring the long-term success of the implant.
- Infections and Gum Irritation
In this case, we examine the gum tissue surrounding the implant and check for signs of inflammation, redness, or swelling. X-rays may also be used to identify any potential infections or bone loss around the implant. Once diagnosed, treatment can include oral hygiene instructions, antibiotic treatments, and regular professional cleanings to promote healing, prevent further infections, and reduce gum irritation.
- Nerve Damage
First we conduct a thorough clinical examination to assess any symptoms of nerve damage, such as tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation. Diagnostic imaging and tests may also be utilized to further evaluate the extent of the nerve damage. Once the problems is identified the treatment plan that may involve nerve repair or regeneration techniques to manage the sensation issues and restore normal nerve function. improving your overall comfort and well-being.
- Alignment Issues
Through careful examination, including occlusal analysis and bite assessment, we first determine if your implants are properly aligned with your natural teeth. Techniques like orthodontic treatments and occlusal adjustments may be used to correct misalignments and restore optimal oral function and bite harmony.
If you’re facing dental implant problems, remember that there are effective solutions available to address these issues. By choosing a compassionate and experienced dental implant specialist, you can enjoy good oral health and a wonderful smile for the rest of your life. My team has been serving the NYC community with exceptional dental care and implant expertise for over 30 years. Contact us today at 212-685-2040 to schedule a consultation and experience personalized care that combines technical excellence with warmth and compassion.