Why dental implants can wobble or not to take root?

Why is my implant wobbling?

Implants can exhibit mobility for various reasons, and the key factor to consider is the timing at which you notice the instability.

Immediate Implant wobbling:

If you experience wobbling right after the implant procedure, there’s no need to be alarmed. This sensation often arises because the bone is initially weak and soft after the implantation. Patience is required as the bone gradually strengthens over timea. It could also be a result of the surgical site having a larger hole than necessary, which should naturally resolve itself as the bone heals and tightens.

Wobbling After Several Weeks or Months:

If the mobility persists for several weeks or months, it may be an indication of implant rejection or the formation of soft tissue (gum) instead of bone, for unknown reasons. Patient non-compliance with post-implantation guidelines, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, sports activities, or sauna visits, could contribute to this situation. In such cases, it’s crucial to consult a dentist who can diagnose the issue and recommend whether to wait or replace the implant.

Wobbling After a Year or More:

When mobility occurs a year or more after the implant’s installation, it’s essential to ascertain whether only the dental crown or the entire implant complex (crown + implant) is moving.

If only the crown is loose, this may result from the crown becoming unscrewed, causing a minor degree of wobbling. This issue can be resolved by reattaching the crown, which is a quick and straightforward fix.

Overall, while experiencing implant mobility can be concerning, consulting with a dentist is essential to determine the root cause and decide on the appropriate course of action.

Why Doesn’t the Dental Implant Successfully Integrate?

The integration of teeth implants into the jawbone may not always proceed as planned, and this can be attributed to a variety of factors, some of which are within our control, while others are beyond our influence.

Controllable factors that impact the success of implant integration involve the responsibilities of both the implantologist and the patient:

  1. Proficiency and Knowledge. Implantologists must possess a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, which include precise planning and diagnostics, thorough examination of the patient’s health, the selection of the appropriate dental implant, following established protocols for implant placement and prosthetics, and maintaining strict aseptic conditions to ensure sterility during the procedure. Additionally, the use of a correct drilling technique is crucial for successful implantation.
  2. Post-Implantation Care. Once the implant is successfully placed, the patient plays a vital role in the integration process. It is highly recommended to avoid:
  • Smoking, as it hinders bone nutrition by reducing the supply of essential nutrients.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Engaging in strenuous physical activities and sports, as increased blood circulation can raise vascular pressure, potentially causing implant dislodgment.
  • Saunas, baths, and other heat-related spa treatments that could lead to bone tissue overheating.

Monitoring the integration typically requires 2-4 weeks. If there are no issues or complaints after this period, it is an encouraging sign.

It is equally important to refrain from disturbing the implant for a minimum of six months to prevent accidental implant damage or weakening of the surrounding bone tissue.

Uncontrollable, or force majeure, circumstances are external factors that are beyond the control of both the doctor and the patient. These unforeseen elements can emerge suddenly and pose a significant risk to your overall health, directly impacting the implant’s success rate.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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