Dental implants have a success rate of 98%. However, just as with any major medical procedure, there is a risk for complication or failure. Staying under careful monitoring with your dentist is very important, but being aware of the signs of a dental implant failure can save yourself (and your smile) from further complications.
Here are 3 common signs that your dental implant could be failing:
- Feeling discomfort or pain. If you are experiencing pain shortly after your implant procedure, it could be residual healing that is completely normal. However, if it has been a long period of time before new pain develops, you need to visit your implants dentist.
- Swelling or inflammation in the gums. If your implants have healed and they suddenly start to look red or puffy, this could indicate an infection.
- Loose implant. An implant that you can wiggle is cause for concern, as this indicates that it is no longer secure within the jaw.
In general, a well-placed and healthy implant should feel exactly like your own teeth. If you notice anything different, it shouldn’t be ignored. Any presence of infection should be treated immediately to prevent damage to your jawbone. Infections can be treated with antibiotics or if it has reached your jawbone, then a bone graft may be needed to repair significant damage or bone loss. If your implant is loose, your dentist needs to see you sooner rather than later. It may be that you need to have the implant removed completely.
Remember that you can prevent a large majority of dental implant failures by staying diligent with your oral hygiene. The risk of infection dramatically decreases when you are brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist on schedule. Choosing a highly qualified and experienced dentist, such Dr. Justin Scott, can also significantly boost your odds for a successful dental implants experience. He will understand the proper dental implants size and system to use in order to avoid undue stress on your implants and jaw. If you have recently had implants placed and are experiencing problems of any kind, go ahead and make the call to get it checked out. When it comes to the health of your smile, it is better safe than sorry.
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