Can My Teeth Shift After Getting Dental Implants?

This may be a worrying scenario for a lot of people.

You've got a dental implant and have the strange sensation that your teeth are moving.

Can such a thing be possible? Can teeth move after getting dental implants? And if that's the case, what should you do next?

No, Your Teeth Shouldn't Shift After Getting Dental Implants

When you get an implant, the dentist will insert a metal post into your jaw bone. That post should be placed securely and it shouldn't move or wiggle at all, even after you've just gotten out of surgery.

If you think your implant is shifting, then that's a cause for concern and you should get in touch with your dentist immediately.

So, Why Do I Have This Sensation?

While your implant shouldn't move at all, you can still have this sensation after certain procedures. For example, during the dental implant treatment, it may feel like your teeth are moving after the dentist has placed the dental crown. However, that's not usually the case.

This usually happens because when a crown or dental bridge is attached to the implant, it puts additional pressure on the nearby teeth, giving you the strange sensation that they are moving. This feeling is very similar to getting your braces tightened. But, unlike in the case of braces, your teeth aren't actually shifting, just have some extra pressure put on them.

This discomfort should go away in a few days as you get used to your new teeth.

But, What If They Are Truly Moving?

If you know for a fact that your implant is shifting, then you should get in touch with your dentist immediately.

As we mentioned, the metal post should be firmly placed in your jaw bone and its movement might indicate a possible titanium allergy. If that's the case, your body is rejecting the implant, making it shift.

These types of allergies are quite rare and dentists usually perform tests to ensure you are a good candidate for implants.

Peri-implantitis could be another reason why your dental implant is moving. This is a gum disease that occurs when you don't take proper care of your implant. Over time, bacteria accumulate and can affect both the implant and the gum around it. If left untreated, then this condition can cause the implant to loosen and start shifting. The disease can spread to the nearby teeth too, affecting their roots and causing them to loosen and start shifting as well.

Do You Have Any Questions About Your Implants?

If you have questions about your implants, visit Priti Naik, DDS. We will investigate your issue and propose the best course of action.

Contact us now to schedule your appointment.

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