Although failure should make you stronger, this is not in the case of dental implant failure. If you’re feeling much pain in your dental implant, you should visit your dentist. Below are six warning signs of dental implant failure that you need to be mindful of:
#1. Pain Due to Medical Conditions
You may have pain in your implants especially if you have medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or any other autoimmune disease that makes the wounds in the body to heal slowly. Slow healing may prevent osseointegration of the implants; osseointegration is a situation whereby the implants integrate or fuses with the jaw bone. Also, some medications can cause dental implant failure. So, it’s important to see your dental surgeon if you have any disease, or you’re taking any medication.
#2. Aching Pain After Dental Implant Operation
Even though it’s normal to experience pain after a surgical operation and during the healing process, some pain can be a sign that something is wrong. It is normal to feel pain immediately after the implant has been inserted which shows that the healing process has started and this pain should reduce after a few days of the implant. If the pain is more than two weeks, it shows that the implant is failing and you should visit your dentist almost immediately. Although nothing may be wrong, it’s “better to be safe than sorry” according to a proverb.
#3. Gum Inflammation
If you’re feeling minor swelling after undergone dental implant surgery, it’s normal as far as it does not continue to get your gums inflamed; once this happens, you need the attention of your dentist. The signs of dental infection include redness of the gums, and the infection could spread to other parts of the mouth if not treated. This infection can also enter the bloodstream in severe cases thereby causing the serious condition. The treatment is more than the use of antiseptic mouthwash and antibiotics to prevent further infection.
#4. Dental Implants Do Not Feel Safe
A dental implant placed looks correctly and works like a natural tooth. You may even forget that it is even there. Implants placed in your mouth should NEVER be wobbly, and they should not feel strange in your mouth. This is what you must spot when you get a dental implant. A loose and wobbly implant can cause damages to your mouth.
#5. Difficulty Chewing or Biting
When you are finding it hard to chew or bite foods, it may be that you have a failing implant. You should not experience any pain from your implants, and they should function and feel like your normal teeth. Pain with an implant is not a good sign, and you must complain to your dentist.
#6. Poor Dental Maintenance
There will be reduced pain and improved success rate for a dental implant when you practice good oral hygiene. If you find it hard to wash your teeth normally and thoroughly, a dental implant may not be right for you. Explain all your conditions to your surgeon before starting a dental implant. This will help alleviate pains after the implant due to poor dental maintenance.