Nightmares about losing teeth are actually not unusual, but no one wants to think their dental implants could ever fall out! Here’s the good news: dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Issues with implants loosening or dislodging are extremely rare.
As long as you maintain proper oral health care, you should enjoy your implants for decades to come. If, however, you are concerned about your implant, talk to Dr. Mike at Cleveland Implant Institute. In the rare event there is a problem with your implant, Dr. Mike will discuss the options to resolve the issue.
Why do my implants feel loose?
Occasionally, implants may feel as though they are loosening, but actually, the abutment screw which anchors the crown, has come loose. If your bone and gum tissue resist the screw, it can cause the top abutment screw to loosen. Dr. Mike will perform a checkup and decide how to best proceed. Usually, this involves placing a new abutment screw.
It is imperative to take care of your oral hygiene during the implant healing process and beyond. While implants may initially feel “loose,” they will begin to feel tighter and more secure as your jaw and gums heal. If, however, bacteria enters the implant cavity, it may result in an infection. Be sure to brush, floss and use mouthwash as directed. Warding off infection is the key to long-lasting implants.
Signs of a potential implant issue
If you notice swelling, discomfort, bleeding or discoloration around the implant site, see Dr. Mike as soon as possible. Be sure to write down all of your symptoms: this will help identify the cause of the problem, so it can be properly addressed and resolved.
Questions about the healing process
The implant healing process can take several months, so we encourage you to keep in touch with the team at Cleveland Implant Institute. We’ll help you understand what’s normal, what requires an appointment, and how to take care of your implants as they heal.
While it is statistically unlikely that you will experience any problems with your implants, it’s a great reminder to take care of your oral health every day.
Reach out to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike to discuss if dental implants are right for you!