Dental implants are a very successful and predictable tooth replacement option. The treatment is a permanent solution that countless numbers of patients have enjoyed throughout the years.
If ever you feel like your implant is loose, you should contact our dentist right away. There are a few reasons why this could be happening, some of which are easy fixes, and others that are serious issues.
First, let’s quickly address what a dental implant is. Better understanding its components and how they work will give you a clearer picture of what can go wrong.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant actually has three components. First, the implant itself is the titanium post that’s inserted under the gum, in the bone that used to support your tooth. It represents the roots of the tooth that were once there. The implant itself is held in place by the tight fuse it creates with the surrounding jaw bone, much like the cement that holds a wooden post in the ground.
The inside of the implant is hollow, which allows us to attach a supporting piece called an abutment. This component extends out of the gum and takes the place of the original body of the tooth.
The last part of the implant is the “tooth” or restoration that goes on top. Usually it’s a crown which we cement over the abutment.
Causes of A Loose Implant
When someone comes to our office and says that their implant feels loose, 9 out of 10 times the implant itself is fine and it’s one of the other components that are causing the issue. Here are the main factors we’ll be looking for:
- Loose Abutment. The abutment that is inserted into the top of the implant is screwed in place. Sometimes the stress of chewing can cause the threads to unwind, loosening the abutment. The solution to this small problem is an easy fix and will simply require us to retighten the abutment.
- Loose Crown. Since the crown is attached using cement, on occasion the seal can be break. This will cause the crown to loosen. All that we need to do is cement the crown back on.
To prevent this from happening, you want to avoid chewing very hard or sticky foods in the area of your implant. But be sure to keep flossing!
- Gum Disease and Bone Loss. Periodontal disease is a serious condition and something. This infection causes a condition that weakens the jaw bone responsible for holding your implant (and natural teeth) in place. If there isn’t a significant amount of bone to support your implant, it will loosen and eventually fall out.
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis and doing your part at home with brushing and flossing can ensure that you don’t become a victim of gum disease and bone loss.
Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ
For help with dental implants, call Central Valley Dentistry. Dr. Babak Behbahani and our skilled staff will ensure that you’re getting the best care possible. We look forward to meeting you!