Dental implants are the most reliable method of treating tooth loss, with over a 95% success rate. They are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right aftercare, like brushing and flossing. As the only treatment to replace both the root and the crown, a dental implant closely looks and feels like a real tooth. If you develop sensitivity near the implant, it may not be too concerning because it’s a common issue with natural teeth. However, it can be a symptom of a serious problem that can lead to dental implant failure. Here’s what you need to know to safeguard your investment.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
A dental implant is unique because it mimics the entire tooth structure. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a new root, which will support a customized restoration that’s attached to using an abundant. Your new tooth will have the support of your jaw, so you’ll never have to worry about any slipping or irritation.
Causes of Dental Implant Sensitivity
Your dental implant may look and feel like a real tooth, but it doesn’t have any nerve endings. Therefore, sensitivity does not originate from the implant itself. Instead, any discomfort is caused by an underlying issue, which may affect your dental implant, like:
It Might Be Your Surrounding Teeth or Gums
Your gums or adjacent teeth could be the source of sensitivity, such as from decay or infections.
It Can Be Your Implant Site
An infection called peri-implantitis is the leading cause of dental implant failure. It is like gum disease, which can destroy the supporting structures of your natural teeth and dental implants. You may experience pain when placing pressure on your dental implant. It may even feel loose.
Object Stuck Between Teeth
Food stuck between your natural teeth and dental implant can irritate the gum tissue. If it is not removed, it can increase your risk of infections because it will harbor oral bacteria.
Tissue or Nerve Damage
A CT scan is used to pinpoint the exact location for your dental implant to minimize the risk of tissue or nerve damage; however, complications can still occur.
Titanium is the most commonly used material for dental implants because it is biocompatible and poses little risk of poor reactions. Generally, it integrates well with the body, but it can cause allergic reactions in some patients, which can result in a tingling sensation.
Don’t Ignore Sensitivity
Any sensitivity is a reason for concern. Do not wait to contact your dentist or it may lead to dental implant failure. Your dentist will find the source of the sensation to provide the quick care you need to save your new smile.
About Dr. H. Douglas Clark III
Dr. Clark earned his dental degree from the Marquette University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education at many prestigious institutes, including Spear Education and Las Vegas Institute. Request an appointment through our website or call (715) 392-5161.