If you’ve recently gotten dental implants and have noticed feelings of movement in your teeth, you’re probably a bit concerned and wondering if this is normal. This blog from North Billerica Smile will go over why your implants feel like they’re shifting, what can cause implants to shift, and how to prevent this.
The first thing you’ll want to determine is if your implants are actually shifting or if they just feel like they are. It is actually quite normal to feel the sensation of movement shortly after attaching restorations to your implants.
This is because the restoration, whether it be a dental crown, denture, or bridge, can place pressure on your teeth that feels unfamiliar. This foreign feeling causes your body to detect abnormal sensations, such as movement.
In reality, it is just pressure that will subside within a few days of your mouth becoming used to the feeling. Some patients report feeling their teeth moving when they get their braces tightened due to similar pressure sensations.
Dental implants should not move under any circumstance. Implant movement is a clear sign of implant failure, which can be caused by a variety of issues.
Traditional implants are made out of titanium materials, but this can be problematic if you have a titanium allergy. While most dentists will check to verify any allergies before implant placement, an unknown allergy to titanium can cause your immune system to reject the implants.
Another common cause is an infection known as peri-implantitis which is a destructive infection that causes inflammation of the soft tissue and destruction of the bone. This can loosen the tooth roots and cause the implants to move. Other possible reasons for implant failure include failed osseointegration due to lack of adequate bone tissue, misaligned implants, and poor oral hygiene.
To prevent the risk of complications occurring during the healing and osseointegration process, speak to your Billerica dentist about any allergies you have before implant placement.
Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions closely and practice good oral hygiene. During the healing process, be sure to avoid smoking, alcohol, hard foods, and drinking through a straw. Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth and between your implants every day (once you are cleared to return to your normal oral hygiene routine).
Dental implants are the best possible tooth restoration you can get. They prevent bone loss, securely hold your tooth restoration in place, and last for a lifetime with proper care. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants or have questions about the healing process, contact us at North Billerica Smiles today.