3 Reason Your Dental Implant May Feel Loose

man with loose implant

When you got your dental implant, you were told it was permanent and it wouldn’t come out. So why does it feel loose?  If you ever have this problem, you should call Melton Dental Group as soon as possible for an evaluation.


Here are a few reasons why your dental implant may feel insecure:


  • Loose Abutment

The top of your implant has a hollow area that an attachment (known as an abutment) gets screwed into.  This abutment sticks out of the gum and your crown is cemented on top of it.  At times it’s possible for the abutment will begin to unthread from the implant, making it loose.  This is a pretty straightforward problem to address and it doesn’t affect the actual implant.


  •  Loose Crown

Since the crown is held on with cement, the seal can be broken causing the crown to become unglued.  This is a simple solution that will just require more cement.


  • Gum Disease and Bone Loss

Getting gum disease around your implant (or more accurately put, a case of “peri-implantitis”) is a serious issue.  The infection from gum disease eats away at the jaw bone that holds the dental implant in place.  It’s possible for the bone to deteriorate so much that the implant doesn’t have anything to hold it, so that it falls out. The same can be said for your natural teeth.


In order to prevent peri-implantitis, gum disease and bone loss, you’ll need to have an excellent home care routine and visit our Melton dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.



We Can Help!

If your implant feels loose, then give us a call.  We perform an evaluation to see what the cause of the problem is. When you’re a patient of Melton Dental Group, you’ll see why the local families have trusted our Melton dentist to take care of their oral health needs for over 25 years. We look forward to seeing you!


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