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Why Does My Dental Implant Feel Loose?


When you first got your dental implants, you were probably told this would be a permanent restoration, designed to last a lifetime. So, why has it started to feel loose? Your first step should definitely be to call Port Melbourne Dental for an evaluation, but here are some possible reasons why this may have occurred:

Loose abutment

The abutment is an attachment secured and screwed into the top of your implant. The abutment sticks out of the gum, allowing a dental crown to be easily fixed on top. It’s not uncommon for the abutment to loosen away from the implant, but this is a very straightforward problem to fix that doesn’t affect your implant at all.

Loose crown

The prosthetic tooth is secured on top with cement. If this seal is broken at any point, the crown will become unglued and your restoration will start to feel loose. This is also another simple fix, which will just require more cement to keep the crown glued firmly in place.

Gum disease

Gum disease around your implant (medically known as peri-implantitis) is a severe issue. Advanced gum disease eats away at your jawbone, which means your dental implant will eventually have nothing to hold on to and will fall out as a result. This similarly occurs to your natural teeth as well. In order to prevent gum disease, you need a consistent oral hygiene routine and regular visits to your dentist.

If your dental implant feels loose, give our expert dentists a call at Port Melbourne Dental. Fixing smiles for decades, your smile could not be in safer hands! Call today to schedule your consultation.