We understand that no one is usually calm and cool about getting a tooth implant procedure. You are talking about a delicate part of your body that you use daily. With so many things that can go wrong if your procedure is not handled by a skilled professional; it’s understandable why so many people have a bit of uneasiness. First, off you should know that most tooth implant procedures go off without a hitch, but choosing the right dentist will swing the odds far in your favor. Many patients ask us “How do I know if the implant is failing?” It’s a question that can be answered by looking for three major signs.
Discomfort Or Throbbing Pain
Pain can be deceiving, while it most certainly can signify that something has gone wrong, it can also be a part of the healing phase shortly after the tooth implant has been seated. Now if the pain comes long after and with no preceding problems, then yes that is typically a warning sign that something is going wrong. If you experience pain suddenly after more than a few days of having the implant with no major issues, contact your dentist immediately. The best course of action is to correct the problem as early as possible so it doesn’t develop into something worse.
Swollen Gums Or Inflammation
It is normal for some light swelling after the tooth implant has been seated. However, if your gum tissue surrounding the implant turns red and gets inflamed later during the healing process, it is a telltale sign of infection and needs to be addressed immediately. Typically a treatment of antibiotics would be the course of treatment but could vary depending on each situation.
Tooth Implant Feeling Loose or Unstable
This one naturally is a lot easier to deduce that something is not right. A well-seated tooth implant should feel as natural as your own teeth. In fact, if it is done right you shouldn’t even realize that it is there; it shouldn’t feel like a foreign object. If this is something you are experiencing you need to seek consultation with your dentist ASAP. It is vital to the success of the implant that you do not ignore any potential problems as just byproducts of the procedure. In some cases the tooth implant must actually be removed to prevent further damage, If left unattended it could lead to significant damage of your mandible
Avoid The Risk Of Tooth Implant Failure
Typically most implants if they fail, do so due to infection and inflammation. This is why excellent oral care is necessary as a preventative measure. There are other factors at play though; if you are a smoker or have any condition that hinders your immune system; you may be at higher risk.
One of the most important choices is which cosmetic dentistry practice you choose. When you select a highly skilled veteran of the industry like Dr. Velasco, you get institutional knowledge that you doesn’t compare. Combine that with our onsite labs and highly skilled technicians here at Uptown and you have a remarkably high success rate. Make the call today to schedule your smile assessment and see how we can make it a perfect 10!