September 11, 2021
Dental implants are surgically attached to the jawbone to create a sound foundation and highly functional form of tooth restoration. Once the healing process has concluded, you should not be in pain. If you are still feeling discomfort, there could be a few reasons for it. As you continue reading, a local dentist explains why you may be experiencing sensitivity in a dental implant.
This May be Causing the Discomfort
The first thing to know about sensitivity from a dental implant is that it does not come from the prosthetic tooth. Instead, it arises from the surrounding area. One or more of the following may be the source of your discomfort:
Healthy gums are required for successful dental implantation. An untreated infection can lead to sharp pain, jawbone loss and a compromised implant.
Using too much dental cement during the application of an implant crown can also cause problems and potentially compromise your restoration.
Because your teeth are made to fit tightly next to each other, there is little room for error when an implant is placed. If it is inserted too close to your other tooth roots, it can place unusual pressure on the surrounding teeth, leading you to believe that the implant is failing.
If a surrounding tooth is impacted or food particles become trapped between your dental implant and natural teeth, you can expect some sensitivity. To be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid eating certain foods (popcorn, nuts and others with a similar texture), and always be sure to practice dental hygiene after eating or drinking.
Tissue or Nerve Damage
Any time a surgery is performed, there is a chance of nerve damage occurring. While gum tissue can heal, nerve damage is usually permanent, and it can cause continuous pain in that part of your mouth. This is why it is so important to go through a careful vetting process before choosing an implant dentist to work with.
Although it is rare, there are cases where patients have an allergic reaction to the titanium alloy that the implant is constructed from. Some of the potential symptoms are loss of taste, swollen gums and a tingling sensation.
Pay Attention to These Warning Signs
A failing dental implant can also leave you in pain. Here are some of the possible indicators to be on the lookout for:
- Loose implant
- Gum recession
- Difficulty chewing
- Inflamed and tender gums
- Ongoing pain and discomfort
If you have been experiencing continued pain in your dental implant, do not ignore it. Instead, bring it to your dentist’s attention so you can be scheduled for a dental visit and examination. By being proactive about seeking care, you will have a much better chance of salvaging your implant and fully recovering.
About the Author
Dr. David Earnest is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center. The consummate professional, he has taken several hours of continuous education in a host of areas. Additionally, Dr. Earnest maintains professional affiliation with the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He restores smiles by placing dental implants at Seguin Dentures & Implants, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.
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