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Why Are My Dental Implants Loose?

April 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smiledmd @ 2:22 pm
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Is one or more of your dental implants loose? The success rate for this type of tooth replacement procedure is an estimated 95%. While most patients never experience any complications after having their permanent prosthetics put in place, there is a small chance that problems will occur, one of which is a loose or failing implant. Keep reading to learn why this happens and what you can do to avoid it in the future.  

What is the Reason for Loose Dental Implants?

Dental implants can become loose for several reasons. It can be something as simple as the crown slightly detached from the implant post, or it can be far more serious, such as peri-implantitis, which can lead to implant failure.

Peri-implantitis is similar to gum disease with bacteria attacking the soft tissues surrounding your implant. If this proves to be the problem, your dentist will likely recommend periodontal treatment to address the infection. A bone graft might also be necessary if too much bone is lost.

Other possible reasons for a loose dental implant include:

  • Facial trauma
  • Failed osseointegration
  • An impaired immune system that prevents proper healing
  • Lack of stability

Signs Your Dental Implant is Failing

You may not know immediately whether your dental implant is failing. However, there are a few signs that can lead you to call your dentist and seek help. These include:

  • Inflamed gum tissue
  • Gum recession
  • Swelling
  • Extreme discomfort or pain
  • Difficulty chewing and eating

How Your Dentist Can Help

It can be unnerving to think that your newly crafted smile is already experiencing issues, but the good news is that your dentist can provide dental implant salvage. Once proper diagnostic images are taken and a complete visual examination is performed, a comprehensive treatment plan will be crafted to improve and save your smile.

The type of restorative service you receive is ultimately based on the reason for your implant failure. Your dentist might recommend gum disease treatment, bone grafting, or the complete removal of the implant. This might be necessary, especially if you suffer severe facial trauma.

No matter which type of treatment you receive, you can trust that your dentist will do everything possible to restore your smile and your investment. All you need to do is make sure to properly care for your real and artificial teeth so that they remain healthy and protected day after day.

About the Author
Dr. Gretchen Anjomi is a trusted dentist in Newton. Completing her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, she works closely with patients who are missing one or more teeth. If dental implants are the preferred method of treatment, she can complete the process in-house, allowing for more convenient care. However, when a problem occurs that results in dental implant failure, she, too, can address the issue and secure patients’ smiles. If you are struggling with a loose dental implant and are unsure of what to do, contact us at (617) 332-6232.

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