Menopause is a milestone in a woman’s life. The hormonal changes that characterize it can affect overall health and daily life in numerous ways. If you are approaching menopause or have already passed it, you may be wondering about its effects on your oral health. More specifically, you might be curious about how it might affect your candidacy for dental implants. This blog post discusses that important topic.(more…)
March 7, 2022
February 7, 2022
Today, dentists around the world extol dental implants as the absolute best form of tooth replacement because implants mimic the structure of natural teeth. They are therefore incredibly sturdy, and then even help to prevent jawbone deterioration. Like most great things, however, dental implants have not always been the marvel that they are today. In this blog post, we will briefly discuss how this treatment has evolved over the years.(more…)
January 7, 2022
Teenagers tend to be self-conscious, so if your teen has lost a tooth due to infection or injury, they may be in a hurry to fill in the gap in their smile. Since dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth, you may wonder if your adolescent is a candidate for them. In this blog post, we discuss the answer to the question, “Can teenagers get dental implants?”(more…)
December 7, 2021
Dental implants are successful in the vast majority of cases. Rarely, though, problems occur. If you have noticed that one of your implants has started to feel loose, you may be concerned — and rightly so. Without prompt treatment, there is a chance that your dental implant could end up failing. This article discusses what can cause a loose dental implant and what steps you should take to address the problem.
What Can Cause a Loose Dental Implant?
There are a few possible causes of a loose dental implant, including:
- A loose restoration. This has nothing to do with the implant itself. Rather, it is a problem with the artificial tooth (or teeth) attached to the implant. This can happen if the restoration suffers damage or if there were errors during the fabrication process.
- Failed osseointegration. If your implant feels loose shortly after your placement surgery, it is possible that it is not bonding properly with the surrounding bone. There are a few possible reasons behind failed osseointegration, including underlying health conditions that interfere with the body’s ability to heal.
- Infection. An infection called peri-implantitis can damage the gums and bone around an implant, compromising its base of support and causing it to loosen. Peri-implantitis can happen at any time, so patients must always be diligent about taking preventive measures against it (such as good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental visits).
Dealing with a Loose Dental Implant
When you notice that a dental implant feels loose, the first thing you should do is call a professional who can help you. If you recently had your implant surgery, get in touch with the surgeon who performed it. If it has been a while since your surgery and you suspect that you have an infection or that something is wrong with your restoration, contact your general dentist.
When you go in for your appointment, your doctor will examine your mouth and determine what your next steps should be. If your restoration is loose or damaged, you may need to get it replaced. If an infection is present, you may need antibiotic therapy or other restorative services.
In some cases, such as if the jawbone has suffered significant damage or deterioration, a patient must undergo surgery to have their dental implant completely removed. Then, after a healing period, it might be possible to place a new implant. Some patients also require a bone graft or other procedures before they can receive a replacement implant.
A loose dental implant is cause for concern, but there is no need to panic. If you promptly seek treatment, there is a good chance that your oral health — and your restored smile — will soon be thriving once again.
Meet the Practice
Dr. James Kalina is a highly experienced general dentist in Mankato. He partners with local specialists to provide a full range of dental implant treatments, including care for failed or loose-feeling implants. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, our team would be happy to assist you. Contact our office at 507-625-2021.
October 7, 2021
If you are missing most of your teeth, or your natural teeth will soon need to be extracted, it is to be expected that you are eager to rebuild your smile. Dentures can restore some of your chewing power and provide you with pleasing facial aesthetics. But how long will it take to get your prosthetic? The answer depends on a few different factors. This article explains a few basics about the denture creation process.(more…)
September 7, 2021
What do Mike Tyson, Christie Brinkley, and Chris Rock have in common? Aside from the fact that they are celebrities, they have also all undergone significant dental work — specifically, they all have dental implants. What exactly are dental implants, and why have many celebrities chosen them above other forms of tooth replacement? What can you expect if you invest in dental implants in Mankato? This blog post discusses the answers to those questions.(more…)
August 6, 2021
Exercising, eating right, and avoiding bad habits are often considered the primary pillars of a long and healthy life. But there is much more to consider. For example, your dental health may actually play a role in how long you live. Specifically, missing teeth might lead to conditions that shorten your life expectancy. In this blog, we will consider why that is the case and how dental implants in Mankato may be able to help.(more…)
June 17, 2021
With COVID-19 dwindling and the summer season underway, millions of people have plans to travel sometime within the next few months. Are you among them? If your future involves getting on an airplane, it is understandable if you are a little nervous about going through airport security, especially if you have dental implants. Will your dental implants set off the metal detectors? In most cases, the answer is no.(more…)
March 7, 2021
It is common knowledge that sugar is bad for teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar, and they produce acid that can damage your dental enamel and eventually cause cavities. Sugar can also be detrimental for overall health in a number of ways, so it makes sense that dentists and physicians alike often admonish their patients to enjoy sweets in moderation. But what about sugar substitutes? Are they better for your teeth than regular sugar? This blog post discusses that important question.(more…)
November 20, 2020
If you have a PPO dental insurance plan, you are free to visit any virtually any dentist or dental specialist and still use your benefits. However, you may find that your insurance company urges you to visit “in-network” dentists. What exactly does that mean, and does it really matter if you visit an in-network or out of network care provider? A high-quality dentist in Mankato is here to answer these important questions.(more…)