My Dental Implant Hurts!

My Dental Implant Hurts!

If you're dealing with dental implant pain, it's crucial to determine the cause. Dental radiographs and a clinical exam are essential for a proper diagnosis.

An uneven bite can sometimes be the culprit, creating higher pressure on the implant crown compared to adjacent teeth. Adjusting the bite on the implant crown can often resolve these symptoms.

Loosening of the implant crown can also lead to discomfort, caused by factors like a loose retaining screw or dissolving cement. The movement of the implant crown can irritate the surrounding gum, resulting in pain. Luckily, this issue can be easily addressed by tightening the retaining screw or cleaning and re-cementing the crown.

Another potential cause of pain is gum infection. The movement of the implant crowns can cause inflammation and discomfort in the gums. Additionally, poor oral hygiene can lead to the buildup of tartar and plaque around the implant, which can further contribute to inflammation and pain.

Lastly, leftover cement in the gums from the crown delivery can act as a breeding ground for infection, resulting in discomfort. Proper cleaning of the affected area, typically performed under local anesthesia, along with antibacterial rinsing and prescribed antibiotics, can help resolve gum infections.

Bone infection around the dental implant is also a possible source of pain. It can occur at different depths within the jawbone, impacting the prognosis of the implant. In less complex cases, a minor surgical procedure is performed, involving lifting the gums, cleaning the implant surface and surrounding bone, and conditioning them with medicaments. Additional bone grafting may be required. The gums are then repositioned and stitched back into place.

Severe infection and significant bone loss around the implant may result in inadequate bone support, leading to implant mobility and integration failure. In such cases, the implant may need to be removed. After the necessary healing period, a new implant can be placed in the same location.

If you're experiencing any of these issues, please don't hesitate to Contact Us for professional assistance.

My Gums are Swollen!

My Gums are Swollen!

Dental implants can get infected, and this may result in you experiencing pain and swelling around dental implants. This is because dental implants are foreign bodies that are inserted into the jawbone. There is a small risk of the titanium fixture being rejected by the body.

This infection can take place in one of two places. The bone surrounding the implant, or the gums between the implant fixture and the implant crown.

Gum infections, these are generally easier to manage. Treatment usually involves cleaning of the inflamed area, sometimes under local anaesthesia. Any pus will need to be drained, and bacteria mechanically removed. The area is then rinsed with an antibacterial solution and you will be prescribed painkillers and antibiotics.

Infections in the bone are more difficult to treat, as they usually involve a minor surgery. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the infected spot, then the gum is raised, so that the area of infection can be accessed for treatment. As with gum infections, the area is then cleaned and irrigated with the same antibacterial solution, then the gums are repositioned and sutured into place. Again, painkiller and antibiotics will be prescribed.

You will then be reviewed to ensure that the infection has resolved. Any sutures will be removed during this appointment.

If you are experiencing a swelling around your dental implant, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.


Dental Implants or Teeth?

Dental Implants or Teeth?

Which is better - Dental Implants or Teeth? Dental implants offer the most optimal solution for replacing missing teeth. While they may resemble natural teeth, they function differently.

Dental implants are titanium anchors inserted into the jawbone to support restorations. These implants replace the root portion of the tooth. Once integrated, crowns are attached to the implants, restoring both function and aesthetics.

Implant restorations closely resemble natural teeth, but they require special care and cleaning. As foreign objects inserted in the jawbone, there is a slight risk of infection and rejection, although the occurrence is rare.

At our dental clinic, we prioritize your comfort and safety. Our experienced team ensures a smooth dental implant procedure with minimal discomfort and a high success rate. We utilize advanced technology and techniques to provide tailored dental implant solutions that meet your specific needs.

Regain your confidence, improve oral function, and maintain a healthy, natural-looking smile with dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step towards a complete and beautiful smile.

Dental Implants or Bridges?

Dental Implants or Bridges?

Dental Implants and Dental Bridges each have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Dental Bridges involve trimming adjacent teeth to create room for retainers that support an artificial tooth. This approach may compromise the long-term health and longevity of these neighboring teeth.

Dental Implants preserve adjacent teeth without the need for any cutting, hence do not have a detrimetntal effect on these teeth. They can also provide a more a natural and enduring smile.

By prioritizing the overall well-being of the surrounding teeth, Dental Implants present optimal option that providinf biological,  functional and aesthetic benefits.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges, please Contact Us for more information.

My Dental Implant is Moving!

My Dental Implant is Moving!

Is your dental implant loose? Occasionally, some patients feel that their dental implants start to become mobile. This movement may be due to several different causes .

It could simply be a manifestation of the retaining screw between the implant crown and the fixture becoming loose. This is pretty easy to fix. Your dentist just has to retighten the retaining screw to the right level and seal the screw access hole. Sometimes, the retaining screw may need to be changed before it can be tightened.

If your implant crown was cemented onto an abutment, it could be that the cement seal was broken and the crown has come off. You would then need to see your dentist to have the implant crown cleaned out and recemented onto the implant abutment.

The worst case scenario is that the implant has become deintegrated from the jaw bone. This could be due to infection around the fixture, or excessive bite forces. In this instance, the implant would need to be removed and the bone allowed to heal. After a sufficient period of healing, you can consider placing a new implant into the jaw bone.

Should you feel that your implant is loose, do not hesitate to contact us. We will diagnose the cause of your problem and propose the appropriate solution.