Think you’ve got a loose implant? While having a failed implant can happen to some unfortunate patients, dental implant procedures have high success rates. There are several reasons why your dental implant may feel like it’s moving, and not all are cause for concern.
What are the most common causes of dental implant failure?
A dental implant that fails to integrate can happen for many reasons. Below, we’ll discuss the most common dental implant failings. Whatever you do, don’t wiggle that loose implant. You won’t get any money under your pillow if it falls out.
1. Bone Loss
Having excellent bone support is critical for making sure an implant to properly integrate. An implant can feel loose if there is bone loss around the implant. Strong bones are crucial to support the implant, and it’s the reason why patients without adequate bone support must undergo bone grafting to increase bone growth. Typically, a dental implant will fail within the first year after having it placed if this is the problem.
2. Loose Crown
A tooth implant can become loose if a dental crown isn’t secured. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a person’s natural teeth. While this isn’t the most severe issue for why a dental implant feels like it’s moving, you’ll want your periodontist to inspect it anyway. It’s possible to tighten the crown or replace it and save the implant.
Peri-implantitis is one of the most common types of gum disease that occurs on dental implants. If your implant is loose, and you feel pain or discomfort in the area, then peri-implant disease may be the issue. If your periodontist catches gum disease in its early stages, they may be able to treat you to save the implant. Maintaining good oral hygiene is critical for preventing gum disease and making sure your implants stay put.
What happens if gum disease is too far advanced? If this medical condition is severe, your periodontist may need to remove the implant, treat the area that’s inflamed, and replace the implant.
What happens if a loose dental implant is left untreated?
If you notice pain and discomfort in the upper jaw or lower jaw and a wiggly implant, you’ll need to contact your dental specialist asap. Scheduling a checkup needs to be your priority to save the implant and maintain oral health. An untreated implant can have drastic consequences on your overall health and medical condition.
Untreated dental implants can cause severe, life-threatening infections that can impact the entire mouth, upper and lower jaws, neck, and even the brain. The bacteria from an infection in the mouth has the perfect opportunity to enter the bloodstream and impact other bodily systems quickly. Sepsis, a severe blood infection, can occur. Patients with weaker immune systems are at even higher risk of these medical complications if their loose implants are untreated.
If your impact falls out, don’t panic. It’s most likely not the implant but a piece of the prosthesis that’s come loose. If you think your implant has fallen out, do this:
- Save the part that’s fallen out
- Contact your dentist to schedule an appointment
- Avoid hard, chewy, and hot foods.
- Rinse your mouth two or three times per day with a non-alcoholic mouthwash
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol
If you’re worried about a loose implant or think your implant has fallen out, we can help. Please contact Central Periodontics in Canberra today to schedule an appointment with our experienced periodontist asap. Give us a call on 02 6247 6555.
*Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.