Loose Dental Implant Crown
There are "many" reasons why a dental crown may get loose (a cemented crown). The first thing our Denver dentist examines is to make sure it is the dental crown and not the entire dental implant that was fused to the bone is loose. Dental implants fuse to the bone through a process of osseointegration and verifying that this is still intact is important. "assuming" that the implant is still securely fused to the bone... other technical elements may be causing the crown to be loose.
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The most common cause of loose dental implant crowns
Our Denver dentist have found over the years that the most common reason why dental crown appear loose is that the "abutment" screw has become loose. The abutment screw is the screw that fixes the abutment on top of the dental implant. The dental crown is fabricated to fit on top of this abutment.
The "easy" fix
There may not be an easy fix but if it exists the easiest would be to loosen the cement used to cement the dental crown to the abutment. This "most of the time" is the weak link in this chain. "If" our Denver dentist is able to remove the crown from the abutment then they can simply tighten the screw down and re-cement the crown back on. In some cases a new a abutment screw is needed and has to be ordered from the manufacturer.
More complex solution to a loose dental crown over an implant
The above scenario at times does not work. The next solution would be to drill through the dental crown to the access the abutment screw. "If" the abutment screw can be found relatively easy then tightening or replacing the screw is in order. In the worst case scenario the crown... abutment or dental implant can be damaged and starting over is the only solution.
The good news
The good news is complex crown removal is an uncommon occurrence. A vast majority of dental implant crowns need no maintenance and our Denver dentist have many dental implant crowns out 20+ years that have had no maintenance issue. In addition, dental implants help preserve bone that would melt away from the extraction site in time if the implant was not place.
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In addition our dental office is a Delta Dental Premiere Provider. Check with your benefits manager to confirm your eligibility or call our office if you have questions.
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Please call our office today and schedule an appointment today at (303) 694-9740. If you are thinking about a dental implant our office can determine which implant would fit your needs the best. There are so many choices from which to pick from and our goal is to provide you with as much information as you need.
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