When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are considered the gold standard. They have a success rate of 95 percent or higher. However, there can be limited instances where an implant may feel loose.
If this happens, what should you do?
The first thing to do is call your dentist and schedule an appointment to have your implant checked as soon as possible. There may be different reasons for the symptoms you’re experiencing, and it could be something that can be fixed.
Don’t panic, but also don’t ignore it. Also, try not to move your implant or chew on the affected side of your mouth. Here’s more information about what may be happening.
How Implants Work and Possible Warning Signs
In order to consider the different possibilities, it’s helpful to first remember how implants work. The implant itself is a titanium post that is anchored into the jawbone. A crown, which looks like a natural tooth, is then placed on top of the implant to function and appear like a natural tooth.
While it’s possible for implants to fail at different times, a problem is more likely to occur shortly after implant surgery. This may happen if the implant does not bond with the jawbone.
Signs that an implant is loosening may include:
- A feeling that the tooth is moving
- Bleeding, pain, or swelling around the tooth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
Other Reasons a Dental Implant May Feel Loose
In some cases when you feel movement, the problem may not be the implant, but something else. These issues can sometimes be fixed without the need for another surgery. For example:
- The crown – and not the implant – may be loose and may need to be secured or replaced.
- If you have a dental implant that is holding a larger bridge or dentures in place, there may be a problem with how the bridge or dentures are connected to the implant, which may need to be fixed.
Though not common, problems such as an infection in surrounding teeth or bone loss may also cause an implant to become loose. In these cases, the implant may need to be removed and replaced later on.
How Can I Maintain My Implant and Teeth?
If you have an implant, you want to do everything you can to maintain good oral health. Even though your implant can’t get cavities, your gums and existing teeth still need regular care. Here are some important things you should do:
- Keep up with regular brushing and flossing every day.
- Attend your regular checkups with your dentist.
- Talk with your dentist about other ways to maintain your oral health.
Want to Learn More?
Here at Ultimate Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you have the best possible experience whether you need a dental implant or another service. To learn more, contact us today at 516-798-0223 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lubliner.