Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

What it Means if Your Dental Implant Is Loose

Realizing your dental implant is loose can be a scary sensation. You don’t want to lose another tooth!

Before you panic and assume that your implant will just fall out, consider a few possible reasons your implant feels unstable.

Loose Crown

Take a good look in the mirror and see whether the wiggliness is truly coming from the implant or perhaps the implant crown. A damaged crown won’t sit securely on an implant. It’s possible that just restoring your implant with a new crown will help stabilize what’s going on.

Loose Abutment

The connector that holds your crown onto the implant could have a problem. Sometimes, it just needs to be anchored in a little tighter with a special tool.

Excessive Force

Genuinely loose dental implants could be the result of bad occlusion (bite.) A teeth-grinding habit, trauma, or poorly-aligned bite could put excessive pressure on an implant. Implant posts don’t respond to pressure the way natural teeth do.

Implant Rejection

If your implant is loose within a year of placing it, that could point to an issue with your jaw bone not accepting the foreign body. Integration failure usually happens within the first year of getting an implant placed.

Peri-implantitis

When the ligaments around a tooth root become infected and inflamed, this is called periodontitis. Implants don’t have the support of ligaments, so when they get infected, the surrounding bone breaks down in a condition called peri-implantitis. This happens when an implant is not kept clean and free of bacteria.

If you suspect an issue with your dental implant, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with your dentist or implant surgeon to find out what’s wrong.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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