Dental implants boast an impressive success rate. In fact, they are successful in more than 95 percent of cases! However, some patients suffer from complications that can cause a loose dental implant — and perhaps even dental implant failure. If one of your implants begins to feel less than sturdy, what should you do? In this blog post, we will discuss possible reasons for loose implants and what you can do to address the problem.
Why Does the Implant Feel Loose?
If a dental implant feels loose, there are a few possible explanations for the issue:
- The implant is not actually loose, but its restoration is. In some instances, the crown, bridge, or denture that is attached to implants can get damaged, causing it to loosen. Bruxism (teeth grinding), hard hits to the face, and normal wear and tear could all be responsible for this issue.
- Failed osseointegration. Osseointegration is the biological process through which dental implants in Northborough bond with the surrounding bone. If an implant starts to feel loose within the first year after it is placed, it is possible that osseointegration failed. This can happen due to a variety of factors, such as smoking, pre-existing health conditions, and other problems.
- Peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is an infection that occurs when bacteria attack the tissue around a dental implant, compromising its base of support and causing it to feel loose. Missteps in oral hygiene, uncontrolled diabetes, and tobacco use can all contribute to peri-implantitis.
What You Can Do
As soon as you notice that one of your implants feels loose, get in touch with your dentist. Taking prompt action is important because if you postpone treatment for too long, the problem could become much worse. For example, an infection could spread beyond your mouth and cause symptoms through your body.
At your appointment, your dentist will carefully examine your implant and may use imaging equipment to take a look beneath your gumline. Once they identify the cause of the problem, they can recommend a treatment plan to improve your oral health and perhaps save your dental implant.
If they determine that the restoration is damaged, you may simply need a new crown, bridge, or denture. However, if peri-implantitis or osseointegration is to blame, you may need more extensive treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, it might even be necessary to remove the implant and perform a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone. Later, after your mouth heals, it may be possible to place a new implant.
Do you have a loose dental implant? Seeking professional treatment as soon as possible may save your restored teeth and enable you to continue to enjoy a complete, strong smile for many years to come.
Meet the Practice
Northborough Dental Associates features a team of talented, experienced dentists who are proud to offer start to finish dental implant treatment. If you have questions about dental implants or how to care for them, we would be pleased to assist you. Contact us at 508-466-7091.