Dental Implant Restoration in Joplin, MO

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Overview of Dental Implant Restoration

One of the reasons that dental implants are recommended is because of their high success rate. Depending on the dentist you visit, that rate can be as high as 99 percent. In fact, if the tooth (dental crown) has become cracked or damaged, it can be replaced or repaired without needing to adjust or correct the implant (titanium post). We can examine your implant and let you know if we can repair the crack or chip without any further work required. At 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO, we recognize this as the best scenario since it is the fastest, simplest way to restore your smile. If one of our experienced dentists determines that the crown needs replacement, then we will create a new one at a lab before carefully attaching it to your existing implant.

If your implant (titanium post) has loosened or failed to function in some way, then that is a more complex process that may require up to four additional steps. First, our team will carefully remove the implant, which may require surgery. Also, a bone graft may then be necessary, depending on the condition of your jawbone. A period of healing from this procedure will be required before a new implant can be placed. If you are facing this complicated scenario, our seasoned dentists, led by Dr. Brett Cotham, can discuss the range of options that are available to you.

Best Candidates for Dental Implant Restoration

Individuals with an existing dental implant who are experiencing unexpected problems, including a loose post or crown, or pain around the site of the implant, need to schedule an appointment quickly to have their concerns addressed by our team. During an initial examination, one of our dentists can identify the source and extent of your specific concern. This process will involve a physical examination along with digital x-rays to gain a better understanding of the area surrounding the implant. At 32nd Street Dental, our goal is to achieve your complete oral health by ensuring that you have access to the procedures you need.

What to Expect for Dental Implant Restoration

The process of restoring an implant requires effective planning in order to ensure there is enough underlying support in the patient’s bone structure. This will often depend on the individual’s level of tooth loss and the specific location along the jawbone of the missing tooth or teeth. A 3D radiograph (CBCT) is frequently used to determine if there is adequate bone to hold the implants and to check if the available bone is in the specific location needed to support the restoration. Surgery will most likely be required to remove an existing implant, and the area will then be cleaned before jawbone is grafted to the site. This process will be performed while the patient is under anesthesia.

Follow-Up for Dental Implant Restoration

Following restoration replacement, normal wear and tear will continue to occur. Regular professional cleanings, dental visits, and proper home care are all important to the overall success of this procedure. However, the recovery period will be similar to the initial implant placement. There will be some swelling, discomfort, and soreness. Our dentists recommend using an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time, taking ibuprofen, and eating soft foods. If a bone graft was involved, then care will be required to avoid applying too much pressure to the area. During a follow-up examination, one of our expert dentists will determine if it is time to return to normal dietary habits. If a bone graft was needed, it may take six to nine months for the recovery process to be complete.

Insurance Coverage for Dental Implant Restoration

Depending on your dental insurance and exact coverage, a portion of the cost of your implant surgery and restoration may be covered. Our team will contact your insurance company to determine your policy and calculate any out-of-pocket costs. During your appointment with our team, we will help estimate your costs and talk to you about payment methods, including medical financing.

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A Restored Smile

Implant restoration is a complicated but important process that is used to repair or replace unexpected problems that can occur. At 32nd Street Dental, our expert dentists understand that sudden impacts, accidents, or other situations can occur that may cause damage to an existing implant. By scheduling an appointment with our office in Joplin, MO and having our team look at your current situation, you can be assured that we will evaluate the full scope of your specific needs before advising you on the best course of action to achieve a fully restored, natural smile.

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