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or Is it time to replace your dental implant crown?
A dental implant is truly as close as you can come to having a real tooth. It feels just like a real tooth. It can eat and chew all the foods you love with the same power and precision as your natural teeth. It even looks real; however, it’s important that even once you get the dental implants that you visit our Honeoye Falls and Mendon NY area dentist Dr. Gregory Lowenguth at HFL Dental every six months to check your restoration to make sure that it’s healthy and doesn’t require additional care.
Of course, there are signs to be on the lookout for that will let you know that it’s probably time to replace your dental implant restoration here in Mendon NY. Some of these signs include:
A damaged crown
Most crowns are durable enough to last around 10-15 years; however, some can last even longer. But crowns, just like natural teeth, can also become damaged. Whether you crunched down on something hard or experienced a traumatic dental injury, you may be dealing with a fractured or cracked crown. Since even the smallest cracks can weaken crowns and cause additional cracks over time, it’s important to replace damaged crowns right away.
A loose crown
While crowns are cemented into place over the abutment certain habits could damage the bonding material and cause the crown to become loose or fall off. If you hear a clicking sound in the implant when you are talking or speaking, this is a sign that your implant crown may be loose. If the crown isn’t damaged, this is an easy fix; we simply just rebond the crown to the abutment.
Your crown is darker than the rest of your smile
If you’ve undergone teeth whitening treatment to improve your smile’s appearance before an important occasion like your wedding then your dentist probably told you that dental restorations will not lighten with whitening treatment; however, our dental team can still replace the crown with one that matches your brighter smile. Our goal is to provide you not just with a crown that is incredibly strong and functional but is also esthetically pleasing.
We’re happy to announce that Dr. Gregory Lowenguth is now the owner of HFL Dental and will continue to provide the same steadfast and dependable dental care you’ve always received from our practice. If it’s time to have your dental implant restoration checked by our Mendon and Honeoye Falls NY dental team, call HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917 to schedule your next checkup.
Implants can give you a natural and realistic new tooth.
In the past when you needed to replace a missing tooth your options were dental bridges and dentures. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced quickly over the decades, allowing our Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist Dr. Greg Lowenguth to offer a tooth replacement that is as close to the real thing as you can possibly get. While maintaining your own natural teeth is the most important thing you can do, if you are faced with tooth loss, dental implants can make a world of difference.
How do dental implants work?
The implant itself is a small titanium post that replaces the missing tooth roots, but this is only one part of this tooth replacement. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, a special piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment connects the implant, which lies under the gums with a false tooth (e.g. a dental crown).
Why are so many people getting dental implants?
There is a reason this is a popular restoration for people looking to replace one, several, or even all of their teeth. Here are some of the benefits of getting dental implants,
- They feel and function just like real teeth; therefore, you will feel confident smiling, eating and socializing without ever worrying about your teeth. They will stay in place and they will look just like natural teeth.
- They are also designed to last a long time. Part of the implant’s success lies in the fact that it is made from a biocompatible material, which means that the bone and tissue fuse around the implant. This makes the implant a permanent structure within the jawbone. With the proper care a dental implant could last decades. Depending on when you get your implant you could end up having your implant the rest of your life.
- The implant also stimulates the jawbone in the same way as real tooth roots. This is important because without this stimulation the bone deteriorates. This happens with untreated tooth loss. Fortunately, our Honeoye Falls, NY, dentist can stop bone loss and other structural changes from happening to you by placing a dental implant.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can replace your missing teeth? If so, turn to HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, for all of your smile needs. Call (585) 624-1917 to schedule your consultation.
Breaking a dental implant can be scary, but it’s not the end of the world. It may not even be the end of your implant.
Here's what to do if you have broken a dental implant in Honeoye Falls, NY.
First, you should immediately see a qualified dentist such as Dr. Carl A. Murano at HFL Dental. Your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist can assess the situation and help you determine the most appropriate treatment option for you.
Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options today. In a dental implant procedure, your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist will drill a hole into your jawbone and install a titanium implant directly into the bone tissue. The implant will eventually become part of the bone; this process is called osseointegration. Once the implant has become firmly anchored, your Honeoye Falls Dentist will screw in a post known as an abutment, upon which the dentist will then place a prosthetic tooth known as a crown, which is usually made of ceramic or porcelain.
The entire procedure takes some time -- up to several months -- and multiple appointments.
While dental implants are considered a safe, long-lasting tooth replacement option, in a very small percentage of cases complications can occur. In rare cases, the implant does not fully integrate into the jawbone, resulting in a loose implant. This may require a bone graft and/or ultimately a replacement implant.
In rare cases, the implant may fail after the process is complete. These occurrences are rare and vary in complication and severity. If you crack or break the crown, for example, the procedure is relatively simple – your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist will simply replace it with a new crown.
There are preventative measures you can take as well. For example, you should avoid extremely hot beverages as both the ceramic crown and the titanium implant can expand with heat, which can ultimately cause failure. You should also be careful in cleaning and maintaining your implant. Your Honeoye Falls, dentist can show you how to properly and safely do that.
For more information contact Dr. Murano at HFL Dental at 585-624-1917.