NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

Dental Implant Problem Corrections

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - Dental Implants Rockwall Paris TX

Dental Implant Problem Corrections

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

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Fixing Dental Implant problems
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we use advanced technology to diagnose and plan treatments to ensure procedural success and optimize implant stability. While most implant procedures are successful, complications can occur which may require treatment or possibly even implant replacement. The two most common type of implant problems are an implant that is failing or loose due to poor implant placement or because the implant failed to fully integrate with the bone. The second most common cause for implant problems is the gum and bone becoming infected, which can result in Peri-Implantitis, a condition similar to gum disease.

Regardless of the reason, Dr. Hodges, Dr. Sheppard and our team are experts at correcting implant problems. To learn more about common implant problems and how they can be corrected, or other services offered at our office, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.

Correcting Dental Implants
Consultation & Process

The first step in correcting implant problems is to identify the underlying reason why problems are occurring. To determine the cause of your implant problem, we will perform a thorough examination, which may include diagnostic exams. In an attempt to avoid the need to treat the area surgically, we will use our perioscope, a tiny camera that can be placed in your gum pocket around the implant. Once the underlying issue is diagnosed, we will explain the issue, go over possible treatment options, and answer any questions you may have.

If the underlying problem is an infection, we will gently probe and measure the gum pockets around your implant to determine if you have peri-implantitis, and if so, its severity. We will also use digital images and digital X-rays to examine the gum, bone, and implant to then determine the cause of your peri-implantitis.

Implant problems can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons implant issues occur is due to incorrect implant placement or dental cement leakage and being trapped below the gum tissues. If the implant was not placed by a highly trained professional, there is a chance it was positioned at an incorrect angle or in an area that does not contain enough bone to support it. If this is the underlying cause, replacement of the implant may be necessary. Dental cement leakage occurs when too much dental cement is used, to the point where it leaks onto the gums, which can cause an infection to develop.  This has been known to occur several months and sometimes years after a crown has been placed on the implant.

If the underlying issue is peri-implantitis, this issue can sometimes be corrected with a deep cleaning. Strengthening gum tissue support with a gum graft, or repairing a bone defect with a bone graft may also correct your underlying issue. If these procedures are performed to correct your implant problem, we will also frequently apply growth proteins to the treated area to help facilitate the healing process, reduce swelling, and prevent infection.

Although we will do everything we can to restore the health and stability and health of your dental implant with minimally invasive procedures, if the underlying issue is significant, or if the implant was not placed properly in the first place, it may be necessary to remove the implant entirely and replace it with a new one. Although replacing an implant is not ideal, the failure of this implant does not mean your next implant is at any greater risk of not being successful.

If you are experiencing any issues related to your dental implants, contact our office as soon as possible and we will do everything we can to identify and correct the underlying issue.

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Peri-Implantitis
Symptoms

One of the most common type of implant problems that occurs is peri-implantitis. If you notice any of the following occurring at the implant site, contact our office as soon as possible, as this may indicate peri-implantitis.

  • Gums become bluish purple or red
  • Gums that bleed while brushing your teeth
  • Metal threads of implant are exposed
  • Swollen gums
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Gum pockets have deepened
  • Pus coming from the gums or implant or gums

Dental Implant Correction
costs associated

Procedural costs will depend largely on the underlying issue, whether the implant needs to be replaced, type of dental sedation administered, number of appointments necessary, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

Contact Northeast Texas Perio

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. We are also committed to making your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room, and oral and IV sedation options are available for patients who are anxious or who are scheduled for longer procedures. If you are concerned that you may be experience problems with your implants, or if it has been too long since you have had your implants evaluated, please contact us today. If there are any issues present, the sooner they get treated the better!

Minimally invasive treatments using advanced technology

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.
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Advanced 3D imaging makes treatment faster and less invasive

We use high-tech digital X-rays and a 3D cone beam CT scanner to get detailed images of your teeth, gums, and jaw structure. With these images, we precisely plan your implant placement ahead of the appointment for surgery. We can then place your implants quickly and with no or minimal incisions.
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Revolutionary
Non-surgical gum treatment using the Perioscope

We treat most cases of moderate to severe gum disease completely non-surgically by using the Perioscope. The Perioscope is a revolutionary, tiny camera that enables us to see deeply buried plaque and calculus deposits, that before the Perioscope would have required exploratory surgery to see. Using the Perioscope, we thoroughly remove these deposits with our scaling instruments.
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SPECIALISTS IN
Dental Implants

Dental implant placement is a delicate, precise procedure that requires thorough diagnostics and planning. We use the latest advances in technology to make your implant treatment accurate, efficient, minimally invasive and comfortable.

TRAINING IN
PERIODONTICS

There’s been discussion about the connection between heart disease and periodontitis. While research to clarify these connections are still on-going, the potential link between the two makes for a reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is important.

ADVANCED
TECHNOLOGIES

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.

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