Signs and Causes of a Loose Dental Implant

Loose dental implants
October 15, 2020
by FastNewSmile®

Dental implants are placed to create a smile that lasts a lifetime. However, even the most successful implant procedures can lead to problems due to poor maintenance or other complications over the years.

Some patients may even experience the “loosening” of a dental implant, which can be a harrowing and potentially disastrous experience. Here’s a look at some of the signs that your dental implants may be in trouble, and how the implant specialists of FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center can help.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of a Loose Dental Implant?

If something is wrong with the sturdiness of your dental implants, it will immediately become evident through touch alone that your prosthetic is out of place. If you suspect that you have a loose implant, be on the lookout for symptoms that include:

  • The wiggling of your artificial tooth
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Gum bleeding
  • Discoloration around the area of discomfort

How Do You Actually Diagnose the Problem?

If you experience any of the above issues with your dental implant, schedule an appointment with your implant specialist immediately. They will be able to accurately diagnose your problem and provide you with the right solution to save the smile you’ve so heavily invested in.

What is the Most Common Issue With a “Loose Implant”?

In many cases of implant discomfort, it isn’t the actual implant attached to your jawbone that’s loose. Usually what comes loose on an implant is the abutment that joins the implant with the artificial crown. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be resolved in our offices and can usually be done without affecting the integrity of your crown.

Another common issue that loosens the implant is physical damage to the crown itself. Your implants may be sturdy, but can still crack and fracture under pressure or from excessive impact. This is a similar issue to a loosened abutment and could be resolved without the need for a brand new crown

Although the main two issues with dental implants are surface fixes, if you experience numbness in your lips as well as gum inflammation, your case could be one with a true dental implant failure. Schedule an appointment with your implant surgeon as soon as possible to prevent further complications.

Causes of Loose Tooth Implants

Your dental implant surgeon will take every measure possible to ensure that your body will take to the implant placement procedure. However, after your surgery, without proper maintenance, you could experience loosened implants and failure in the long-term.

From gum disease as a result of poor dental hygiene to weakened osseointegration over the years due to bone deterioration, there are several ways the actual implant can become loose over the years.

This is why we stress the importance of follow-up appointments as well as a comprehensive understanding of the post-surgery maintenance process and long-term implant care.

Create a Smile That Lasts a Lifetime With FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Centers

If you’re a dental implant patient who experiences discomfort in the aftermath of your procedure, don’t wait for the issue to get out of hand. Only a professional diagnosis from your prosthodontist can lead to the best solution for the severity of your problem.

The dental implant specialists at FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center proudly guide our patients through the dental implant experience and beyond, with stellar customer service and treatment processes that can’t be rivaled. We are ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and keep it intact for life. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.