I have had two dental implants since 1991. One of then is beginning to fail. Recently during routine teeth cleaning, the dental technician was able to insert a dental probe into the gum area surrounding the implant almost to the base of the implant. There seems to be the beginning of infection developing in the area.
It is being recommended that the implant be removed and replaced. It also seems that there will be a need to reconstruct or improve the bone mass in that area before a replacement implant can be set.
What is bone reconstruction in the jaw area? What substance is used to do this? How long would recovery take. I am 75 years old and in very good health.
In most circumstances what are the steps in the process to replace an implant? Can the bone reconstruction and placement of the new implant take place at the same time?