Dental implants are a common way to correct oral issues where unhealthy or missing teeth pose a discomfort to the patient. These implants are embedded into the jawbone and are basically a permanent, more attractive and durable version of dentures. Most dental implants are fitted without any issues at all, but there are times when they don't seem to work as well as they should or feel uncomfortable in the mouth. If this happens to you and you feel your dental implants are failing, what should you do? Here are things you can do to help restore your beautiful smile and improve your oral comfort.
See your dentist
Any issues with your dental implants should be addressed by your dentist right away. Common issues that arise are:
- gum tenderness/inflammation
- uneven bite
- pain or discomfort when chewing
- 'tight' feeling in the mouth
If your dental implants are fairly new, a lot of your discomfort can be traced to the surgery itself. The dental procedure can leave you with tender gums and a tight feeling in your jaws as your implants heal and settle into your mouth. If these are new symptoms or you have had your dental implants for a while and you are suddenly feeling discomfort, there may be something else wrong. Your dentist can give you an examination and take X-rays to find out what may be causing your issues.
Implant restoration is a procedure your dentist can do if it is discovered that one or more of your teeth are not aligned properly, your teeth are chipping or are the wrong size for your face frame, or other issues that can commonly arise. You can have implant restoration done on a single tooth that is misaligned or several teeth that are causing you issues. The procedure entails reshaping your current dental implants and placing new implants on top of the affected teeth to give you a more comfortable smile and even tooth alignment. If jaw pain or loose teeth are your issues, your dentist may want to extract the offending teeth and re-position them, or they may want to place a bridge on a loose or weak tooth and a neighboring sturdy implant so it can have the support it needs.
When you have dental implants, you may experience discomfort at some point during your recovery or wear of your new teeth. If this happens, you should see your dentist as soon as possible to see if implant restoration is a procedure you need.
For more information and options, go to sites of local dentists or talk with these professionals.