Whether you’ve recently had a dental implant, or you’re interested in getting a dental implant in the near future, you may be wondering if it’s possible for dental implants to come loose. In this blog from Central Periodontics, we’ll discuss everything that you need to know.
It Is Possible For Dental Implants To Come Loose, But It’s Very Rare
Can dental implants come loose? The answer is “yes.” It is possible for dental implants to come loose, but this is quite rare. Dental implants have a very high success rate, and implant failure rate is very low. It’s estimated that over 90% of all dental implant placements are successful, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to worry about a failed implant or a loose dental implant.
As long as your mouth is healthy and free of issues like gum disease, you do not have extensive bone loss in your jaw, and you are approved as a candidate for dental implants from Central Periodontics, you are unlikely to have any problems with a loose implant.
What Can Cause A Loose Dental Implant? Understanding The Basics
Whilst a loose implant is very rare, it still may affect some patients. And it is important to understand that all of these problems are not the same. There are a number of different issues that can result in a loose dental implant or loose crown.
- Dental crown was not attached properly or was loosened – If your implant feels loose, it may simply be due to a problem with your dental crown. The crown, which looks and feels like a natural tooth, is screwed or bonded to your implant to restore your smile.
If your dental implants feel strange and the crown itself feels loose and is moving, it may be possible to simply remove and replace the crown, or tighten it to ensure that it’s properly secured.
- Implant does not bond with bone – If the dental implant feels loose, it may be possible that it has not bonded with the bone properly. There are a couple of reasons as to why this can happen. You may not have had a strong enough jaw bone to support an implant, which can inhibit the proper bonding of your implant with the jaw bone.
It’s also possible that you may not have cared for your implant properly, while recovering. During the initial 2-4 weeks of recovery, you need to avoid moving the implant around. Don’t push it with your fingers or tongue, even if your implant feels loose.
You should also avoid accidentally biting hard foods with your implant until it’s healed, and minimize risk of dental trauma to that part of your mouth. Excessive movement of the implant can inhibit its ability to bond with the bone properly, resulting in implant failure.
- Peri-implantitis – It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene after your implant has been placed. Implants should be treated just like natural teeth, and brushed twice a day for at least two minutes. You should also floss twice a day.
If you don’t brush and floss the implant crown properly, you may develop “peri-implantitis”, which can lead to implant failure. Essentially, this is a type of gum disease that affects the gum and jaw tissue around your implant and artificial tooth. As the disease progresses, it can damage the tissue and loosen your dental implant.
Nevertheless, it’s usually possible to save the implant. The affected area can be cleaned and disinfected, and unless extensive damage has been done by peri-implantitis, the tissue around the implant should be able to heal.
In the rare event that your dental implant feels loose, it’s very important to follow up with Central Periodontics & Dental Implants right away. The sooner you get help, the more likely it is that we will be able to save your implant.
Interested In Dental Implants? Central Periodontics & Dental Implants Is Here To Help!
At Central Periodontics & Dental Implants, we specialise in implant dentistry in Canberra. If you are interested in dental implants, our team of specialists can provide you with the care you need, to restore your smile. We don’t require referrals, and are always accepting new patients. Give us a call at 02 6247 6555, or contact us online to get started.
*Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.