I have been pretty happy with the implant dentist that did my dental implant five years ago. But when I was in for my last cleaning, I forgot to ask him about this ugly brown line on my implant. The cleaning was like six months ago and it seemed to get better right after the cleaning. Maybe it was a stain? Well, it seems to be coming back and is more noticeable this time. Is there a problem with the implant? How can it be a stain if it is in the exact same spot? Do I need to schedule another dentist appointment or can I just wait until my next cleaning? I don’t want to have to schedule a visit if don’t have to. I just don’t want it to be a serious problem that I put off.
– Joel in Oregon
From what you have described about it reoccurring in the exact same spot, it sounds like some sort of stain. The portion of your dental implant that is visible above the gum line is a porcelain crown. Porcelain is highly stain resistant but it can pick up stains over time. It is quite possible that there is a surface scratch or some sort of defect that is collecting stains more quickly. The hygienist may have successfully removed the stain at your previous cleaning but over time, the crown is showing the discoloration again.
It could be purely cosmetic. But if it happens to be a crack in the crown that is causing the stains, than that is a more serious matter that needs attention. If it is cracked, there is a possibility that it could shatter or break. So, it probably depends on when your next cleaning is scheduled for. A small scratch or blemish in the crown can be buffed out at your next regular appointment. But if it’s months away, you may want to get in sooner to rule out the possibility of a broken crown.
If the crown has been compromised, it may need to be replaced. You won’t have to go back through the entire surgical portion of the dental implant process, the crown can be removed from the implant post and fixed.
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