Many patients are told that dental implants are permanent. However, they can become loose. At the Center for Oral Surgery in Las Vegas, we strive to educate patients on what to know before, during, and after treatment. If you have a loose dental implant, we outline why this could be happening and what you can do to fix it.
Symptoms of a loose dental implant can include:
If you’ve been feeling any of the above symptoms, it most likely means you have a loose dental implant or crown. You don’t want to leave this untreated as this can cause health complications.
An untreated loose implant can cause a severe infection that could spread from your mouth and jaw to your face and neck.
Once the implant has been placed onto the jawbone, the process of healing (or what’s known as osseointegration) should surround the bone and grow over the implant to secure a bond. Osseointegration can fail to take place if:
Luckily, the symptoms of a failed osseointegration are noticeable right after surgery. If you notice that your implant is not healing properly, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
If you notice that your implant, screw, or crown is loose, store the part safely in a container and make an emergency appointment with your dentist. You can rinse your mouth out with mouthwash in the meanwhile- but make sure this has NO alcohol in it. Also, avoid chewing food on this side of your mouth.
If you’re looking to get a dental implant (or any other oral surgery needs), contact the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas today! Dr. Letelier is the premier oral surgeon in Las Vegas! His practice consists of highly qualified staff who are equipped to handle multiple dental services. If you’re looking for dental services, contact our office today! We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.