Loose Dental Implants: All You Need To Know

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Are you concerned you may have a loose dental implant? 

In this article, we’ll dive into all you need to know about loose dental implants. From the potential causes to the symptoms, what you can do, available options for repair/replacement, and tips on preventing them from happening.

What is a loose dental Implant?

A dental implant is designed to be a stable and long-lasting tooth replacement solution for missing or severely damaged teeth. However, there may be instances where you notice some movement around your implant. In such cases, they may need to be repaired, or removed and replaced. 

If you’re experiencing a loose implant, it’s best to address it sooner rather than later as it could be a sign of infection, failed implant placement, or other budding dental conditions!

Signs and symptoms 

Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that your dental implant is loose:

Discomfort or Pain: You may experience pain or discomfort in the area around the implant.

Gum inflammation or swelling: The gums around the implant may become red or swollen.

Looseness: You may be able to feel the implant moving or wobbling.

Changes in chewing ability: You may be having difficulty chewing food.

Changes in implant position: You may notice a visible shift or misalignment of the prosthetic tooth attached to the implant.

If you experience any of these symptoms, book an appointment with our dentist right away. We will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of treatment.

Why do your dental implants become loose?

There are several factors why your dental implants can become loose over time. Here are some common reasons:

Failed osseointegration: 

Osseointegration is the process of the implant fusing with the jawbone. If this integration doesn’t happen properly, it can result in a loose implant.

Infection:

An infection around the implant can cause bone loss and weaken the support for the implant, leading to instability.

Bone loss: 

Over time, bone loss around the implant site can occur due to several factors like periodontal disease, trauma, or improper oral hygiene. Insufficient bone support can cause a loose implant.

Excessive force or pressure:

Placing excessive force on an implant, such as grinding or clenching teeth or trauma to the mouth can disrupt the stability of the implant.

Health issues: 

Certain health conditions like diabetes or smoking can impair proper healing and increase the risk of implant failure.

What to do if your dental implants become loose?

If you notice that your implants have become loose, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent further complications. Here are some things you can do:

Contact our dentist

Schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. We will thoroughly examine your implant, assess the cause and recommend the most suitable treatment.

Avoid applying pressure

Until you see your dentist, try to avoid putting too much pressure on your loose implant. This means avoiding chewing on hard or sticky foods that could further impact the implant or clenching your teeth.

Maintain good oral hygiene

Continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily, paying extra attention to the implant area. Be very gentle around this area. 

Treat underlying issues

The treatment plan will depend on the specific cause of the implant being unstable. It may involve addressing infection, bone loss, custom-fitted mouthguards in the event of teeth grinding, etc. 

Every case is unique, and the recommended treatment will depend on your specific needs. Our experienced dental professionals will guide you through the needed steps and care.

Can a loose dental implant be repaired or replaced?

In most cases, a loose dental implant can be repaired or replaced. Our qualified dentists will consider factors such as the extent of the looseness, bone health, and overall oral health.

Some of the potential repair and replacement options available are:

-Implant tightening

-Bone grafting 

-Implant replacement

-Crown or bridge adjustment

Preventing a loose dental implant

While dental implants have a high success rate, taking preventive measures can help minimise the risk of loose implants. Here are some tips to consider:

-Ensure your dental implant procedure is performed by qualified and experienced dentists.

-After receiving dental implants, carefully follow the after-care instructions provided by our dentists.

-Maintain proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing your teeth daily. This would help remove plaque and bacteria from building up and prevent infection and bone loss in the surrounding gum tissues. 

-Protect your implants by avoiding habits that apply too much force to them. This includes refraining from chewing on hard foods and using a mouthguard for physical activities to prevent dental injuries.

-Attending regular dental checkups will allow our dentist to monitor the health and stability of your implants. Any potential issues can be detected early and addressed to prevent further complications.

-Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a well-balanced diet in your meals. Proper nutrition and healthy habits such as avoiding smoking and alcohol can reduce the risk of implant-related problems.

If you seem to be experiencing a loose implant, contact our dentist ASAP so we can diagnose the underlying cause and restore your smile!