Dental implants should be stable and strong, and they are not supposed to come loose. Your implant is placed directly into your jaw bone, and this creates a strong artificial “root” that supports a restoration, like a dental crown.
At the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, we want every patient to know what to do if something seems wrong with a dental implant. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you notice that you dental implant is loose:
There are three primary reasons that your implant may no longer feel secure in your mouth:
First, avoid touching it or moving it in any way. Don’t brush it or chew around the area. Schedule an emergency consultation with an experienced implant dentist like Dr. Schof right away. There is no way to treat a loose implant on your own. See a dentist as soon as possible to make sure you get the proper diagnosis for your loose implant, and to get the help you need to restore your smile.
Dr. Schof will examine your mouth to diagnose the issue. This usually consists of removing the dental crown and cleaning the area, then performing tests on the implant and taking x-rays of the jaw and surrounding oral structures.
If the issue is simply a loose crown, he can replace and restore the crown to ensure it does not move. However, if the problem is poor osseointegration, the implant may need to be removed. If it’s left in place, the problem may only get worse.
If your implant is loose due to peri-implantitis, proper intervention such as cleaning the area and using antibiotics may be used to save it, but it may need to be removed if the infection is too extensive to save the implant.
As an experienced implant dentist, Dr. Schof can help you understand the cause of your loose implant, and ensure that you get the treatment you need to restore your smile. Contact us at (985) 626-4401 for an emergency appointment now, or stop by our office at 240 Dalwill Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471. We’ll see you as soon as we can!