August 11, 2018
Replacing teeth is incredibly important to your short- and long-term oral health. When you choose dental implants to make it happen, you get the best of both worlds. Not only are dental implants in Boston incredibly natural-looking, but they feel and function exactly like your real teeth.
However, implants should not feel loose in any way shape or form. If you do notice your implant becoming loose, take note of the tips in today’s blog.
How Dental Implants Can Become Loose
Implants rarely fail when placed by a professional. If they do fail, it’s typically within the first year of placement. In many cases, patients who smoke or use tobacco are far more likely to suffer from gum disease, which is a large contributing factor to implant failure.
Outside of external factors like tobacco use, the main reason implants and the screws inside them become loose is because the bone surrounding the device is not as well adhered to the implant as it should be. If the implant fails to fully integrate with the bone, whether a bone graft was performed or not, it can cause the implant to become loose under the weight and pressure constantly being applied by the restoration.
Keep in mind that natural teeth have a certain level of looseness associated with them. This is due to the periodontal ligament that holds them in place. When teeth are lost, that periodontal ligament is gone, especially once an implant is placed. If you’ve had an implant placed recently and you notice it becoming loose in any way, here’s what you should avoid.
What to Avoid If Your Implant is Loose
First and foremost, do not rock your implant back and forth. Rocking your implant creates pressure against the bone, which can cause your body to naturally react and remove bone surrounding that implant. Doing this to natural teeth is fine because new bone will grow around it, but that cannot be said for dental implants.
When a tooth is rocked, the periodontal ligament releases cells that build up bone. Since that ligament is gone with dental implants, the rate of bone loss will outpace the rate of bone growth.
The Best Actions to Take Next
Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself. Instead, schedule an appointment with the dentist who placed your implant. Until then, avoid applying pressure to your implant by chewing food on the opposite side of your mouth if possible.
Once you arrive, the dentist can confirm if:
- Your restoration is loose
- Your abutment or restoration needs replacing
- Gum disease is present
- The implant is not fully integrated
Don’t ignore a loose implant if you want to prevent implant failure and save money. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in Boston today to save your implant and keep your smile intact!
About the Author
Dr. Jack B. Share earned his DDS degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. After graduating, he completed his residency at the Upstate Medical University to advance his training on prosthetics and general anesthesia. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.
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