When getting a dental implant, you expect it to stay put permanently. So why is it that all of a sudden, your feel something loose? There are a few reasons why this could be happening.
A Loose Abutment
A dental implant is hollow and affixed to the inside of a locator attachment, which is like a post that extends out of the gum tissue. Occasionally due to excessive force, the abutment becomes unthreaded and the patient feels movement with their crown.
The majority of the time that we see this it's the abutment that's loose and not the actual implant itself. Solving this problem is quick and easy. It only requires the abutment to be threaded back down.
The dental crown is the artificial "tooth" that's cemented over the locator attachment. Sometimes the seal can break, and the crown becomes loose. In order to fix this problem, our Atlanta implant dentist will remove the crown and recement it.
Gum Disease and Bone Loss
When you initially got your implant it's likely that you were told about the importance of keep gum disease at bay. If this condition develops, the infection works away at the jaw bone that's holding your implant in place, causing the implant to become loose or even fall out.
This disease is a serious problem to implants, because though gum disease can be treated, bone levels do not grow back. Therefore, there's nothing to hold you implant in.
Implants in Atlanta
If you're having trouble with your implant, then visit our implant specialist in Atlanta. We'll provide an evaluation to determine the cause of the problem and formulate a solution. Call now.