Can Dental Implants Fall Out or Be Removed?

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Missing teeth often have people searching for an optimal replacement solution. In the past, dentures or dental bridges were the go-to options for replacing lost or damaged teeth. However, thanks to advancements, dental implants have become the preferred solution for tooth restoration. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups every six months, the implant device itself can last a lifetime. However, the crown usually lasts 10 – 15 years before needing to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. But, can dental implants fall out before then? Read on to learn more from Dr. Kevin Boulard from Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH, or contact our office to schedule a dental appointment today.

How do dental implants work?

Tooth loss is a concern for a large number of men and women in the United States. If the loss of one or more teeth has affected your smile, dental implants offer a beneficial replacement option. Dr. Boulard of Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH is pleased to offer this tooth restoration solution to overcome the challenges with missing teeth. Single dental implants include a steel post that anchors into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root, and a custom dental crown is then attached. If you experience a total-arch tooth loss or several missing teeth, an implant bridge may be the best fit. Implant dentistry can:

  • Replace front or back teeth
  • Replace severely damaged teeth
  • Restore a person's normal biting or chewing capacities
  • Provide no dietary restrictions or limitations
  • Help preserve jawbone health and structure
  • Look, function, and feel like natural teeth
  • Offer long-term value for tooth restoration

Can dental implants fall out?

Dental implants bring function and beauty back to a person's smile after tooth loss. However, in some cases, an implant crown can become loose or break. If the dental crown appliance comes loose, it typically can be screwed down again. If the steel post, or abutment, that anchors down the dental crown is damaged, it will need to be replaced. If the implant begins to move below the gumline, it could be caused by periodontal disease or bone mass loss. If you have a dental implant that feels loose or has fallen out, contact our office immediately. Dr. Boulard will do an oral exam and take X-rays to determine what needs to be done to fix the problem. If the original implant can't be reinserted, he will provide other alternatives to resolve the issue.

Reasons for dental implant removal

Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement answer for men and women suffering from tooth loss or facing tooth extractions. Similar to natural teeth, dental implants must be maintained and cleaned every day. You will need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss, or Waterpik device, along with regular checkups and professional dental cleanings every six months. Failure is the most common issue for the removal of dental implants. It can be caused by:

  • A loose implant
  • Infection
  • Implant rejection
  • Impingement on facial nerves, causing pain or discomfort

Need a cosmetic dentist in Merrimack, NH?

As a highly favored dental solution, implant dentistry can address any missing teeth and offer excellent benefits to those who chose this procedure. Dr. Kevin Boulard is delighted to bring the advantages of dental implants to Merrimack, NH patients. To learn more about this restorative dental treatment or if you are considering dental implants, contact one of our professional team members at Something To Smile About today to schedule an appointment.

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