I got 3 dental implants in February and everything has seemed to be going well until very recently. I have kept my check-up appointments with the dentist. I haven’t felt any lingering pain. Just for a few days after the implant surgery, I had some minor discomfort. Last week while I was flossing my teeth, I noticed that one of my bottom left molars is loose. It is painful when I touch it or floss around it. This is not one of the implants but one of the teeth next to an implant. On Monday I have an appointment with my dentist to examine the tooth. I would like to get sort of a second opinion in advance on what could be causing the problem. After keeping my check-up appointments I am wondering why my dentist didn’t notice the problem with my tooth. I think it’s best to be proactive and ask another dentist why a tooth next to my dental implant is loose. Can you give me some possibilities in case my dentist acts like she is clueless? Thanks. Roman
Roman – Whenever a tooth is loose, it is cause for concern. When a tooth becomes noticeably loose after you receive dental implants, understandably, your concern about the cause of it is even greater. An examination and x-rays are needed to determine why your tooth is loose, but below are a few possibilities.
Reasons a Tooth Might Loosen after Dental Implant Surgery
- The loose tooth might have already been damaged, weak, decaying, or infected. The fact that it is both painful and loose suggests that it is infected.
- If your tooth was already damaged, dental implant placement, along with pressure and swelling from it, might have irritated the tooth and caused the condition of it to get worse.
- The tooth might have been damaged by implant placement. This can occur when inadequate diagnostic studies are taken to ensure precise implant placement.
- Periodontal (gum) disease can cause teeth to loosen. If the ligaments and bone around a tooth are infected, they can’t properly support the tooth, and it will loosen.
In addition to your dental appointment on Monday, we suggest that you schedule an appointment for a second opinion—the same day, if possible. Find an experienced oral surgeon or periodontist to examine the dental implant site, along with the tooth next to it. It’s possible that your loose tooth can be saved with a splint or by removing the infection, but you need to act quickly.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.