I had three dental titanium implants put in my lower right jaw in 1987. Seven months later my surgeon installed the abutments and my regular dentist installed the prostheses. They have served me well over the years.
Now though, I can feel a slight movement of the prostheses with my fingers. The x-ray shows them in perfect alignment, but with some bone loss. Over the years they have been removed three times to re-tighten the tiny screws. My dentist tells me I may have to have new implants if they won’t tighten up this time of if the screws are damaged when he removes the prostheses. I am 79 years old and in excellent health. I have the following questions:
1. Are there replacement screws for these type implants? If so could you provide a source?
2. Is there a way of attaching new abutments to the existing implants and crowning them with the new type prostheses or would the existing implants have to be removed by surgery? In the later case would this involve a bone graft or rebuilding bone some way?
3. Would it be wiser to just leave them as thy are, since they fill up the space and they don’t bother me any? I’ve been chewing on the other side since I noticed the problem.