Dental implants mimic your natural tooth and are secured with screw-like titanium posts into your jawbone. After dental implant placement, the structure integrates with your jawbone to serve as a foundation for one or more artificial teeth created from dental crowns. Like many things, dental implants can fail, but you can do something about it.
It would help if you watched for the following signs to determine whether your dental implant failed.
Dental implants placed in your mouth should feel natural, like your natural teeth. You shouldn’t be able to differentiate between your natural teeth and the implant if the procedure went well. Unfortunately, if your implants feel conspicuous in your mouth and wiggle or move around, you should contact your dentist immediately.
You will experience some pain during the healing process after getting implants placed. However, you shouldn’t expect to feel excessive pain because the dentist will prescribe or recommend painkillers to help ease the discomfort. However, if you feel the pain that radiates throughout your mouth or jaw and is sharp, your implant may be failing. If the pain increases without subsiding, contact your dentist immediately.
Swelling in the gums is expected after dental implant surgery. However, the swelling must subside without spreading. Reddish gums indicate an infection that can spread throughout your mouth and eventually into your bloodstream to cause various problems. Contact the dentist near you immediately if you notice the pain and swelling are not subsiding or increasing.
Dental implants are supposed to resemble your natural tooth, and if you are in pain or discomfort when eating or chewing foods, it indicates something is wrong with your implant. Implants pain when chewing indicates implant failure.
Dental implant failures are relatively rare but occur in approximately six to ten percent of implant placements. Four causes are attributed to implant failures. They are:
As mentioned earlier, dental implant failures are rare. However, if you are one of the unfortunate few and suffer from dental implant failure, Stony Brook Dental Group can help.
For more information, browse through our “Dental Implants in Stony Brook, NY” service page.