My dental implant/crown is loose – What should I do?

Your dental implant and artificial crown have been very carefully designed to fit together like two puzzle pieces.  Sometimes, for a multitude of reasons, these two pieces can be dislodged.  When the implant and crown do not fit together perfectly, over time, the dental crown can become loose.

If your dental crown becomes loose, it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible.  If left untreated, a loose fitting crown can cause damage to the underlying implant.  With many many small impacts from chewing and grinding our teeth, the crown applies pressure to the implant in a direction and angle that was not initially intended.

This repeated impact and pressure can impact the integration of the implant with the jaw bone and cause it to become loose.  Eventually, this can cause implant failure.

The decision to replace a missing tooth with an implant and a crown is an important one.  And therefore, if it becomes loose it is important to protect and care for it immediately by seeking the help of your dentist or periodontist.

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