My Dental Implant Is Loose – What Should I Do?

dental implants spring valley nvDental implants are permanent replacements for your missing teeth. However, they can at times suffer trauma just like your natural teeth. In addition, complications can develop during the healing process that will cause your implants to become loose. If you have any problems with your implants, you should see your implant dentist right away.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants consist of two parts—the root portion, which is implanted directly in the jawbone, and the visible portion, or the prosthetic teeth. The root portion includes a post on which the prosthetic teeth are secured. The success of the implant depends entirely on the bond that forms between the titanium root and the jawbone. Bone will automatically bond with titanium through a process called osseointegration. Dental implants are made in a way that encourages this process. The implants are created with many rough edges, providing a large surface area for the bone to bond with.

The prosthetic teeth, or the visible portion of the implants, are placed on the root portion after the bonding process is complete.

Why Implants Become Loose

Implants can be jarred loose in the same way your natural teeth can. For example, if you fall on your face or are struck in the mouth, your prosthetic teeth might become loose on the posts embedded in your jawbone. If your teeth are loose simply because the prosthetic teeth have been struck or jarred, they can easily be removed and replaced so that they are secure again.

If the implant itself is loose—that is, the root portion of the implant, which is embedded in your jawbone—this could indicate a more serious issue. It is possible that the jawbone has failed to create the necessary bond with the titanium root. This bond is vital to the long-term success of the implant. If your implants become loose in the jawbone, you should see your implant dentist at Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas as soon as possible. You will probably need to have additional surgery to address the root cause of the problem.

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.

  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
  • We will be limiting the number of people allowed inside the office at any given time.
  • We will be requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the office.
  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.

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