Warning Signs Of A Failing Dental Implant

Almost all dental implants are successful. However, on the very rare occasion that your dental implant is failing, there are warning signs to look out for. If you visit your dentist, you'll be able to have the problem corrected before it gets out of hand.

Pain and Discomfort

You may notice discomfort and pain around your dental implant. There are many issues that can cause discomfort and pain, so it's important to speak with your dentist to pinpoint the cause of the problem.

Receding Gums and Loose Dental Implants

Your gums may begin to recede around the dental implant. The metal from the dental implant may even begin to become exposed. This will also likely lead to your dental implants becoming looser and may even fall out.

Red and Puffy Gums

Your gums may begin to look red and puffy. This is a sign of inflammation and can also be a sign of an infection. Infections can be caused by all sorts of issues but may also be the result of your implant failing.

New Implants

A common time for a dental implant to fail is shortly after it has been surgically implanted. This is because the bone may not finish healing and the body may reject the dental implant and try to eliminate it. Also, you may have a metal allergy you are not aware of. If you suffer from one of several autoimmune diseases, you are more likely to have a rejected dental implant. This is because your body will be more likely to attack foreign substances. 

Old Implants

If you have a very old dental implant, you may have an implant that uses an outdated technology that is less likely to remain in place. Because newer dental implants are much more likely to last for a long time, you should consider having new dental implants surgically implanted. 

Poor Oral Hygiene

To reduce the risk of your dental implant failing, make sure to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Your gums need to be kept in good condition so they can keep your dental implant in place. If you have poor oral hygiene that leads to your gums becoming infected, your dental implants are less likely to last as long. Also, make sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible when you notice issues with your implant. You may be able to have them saved before your problem gets out of control.