If you’ve recently gotten a dental implant or had a restoration like a crown placed onto your implant, you may feel like your teeth are moving. Is this possible, and can teeth shift after you get dental implants? And if they do, should you be worried about it? Find out in this blog from Country Day Dental!
Your Teeth Should Never Shift Or Move After A Dental Implant
First, let’s make one thing clear. After you get a dental implant, your teeth will not shift or move unless there’s something seriously wrong. In addition, the implant itself should be securely anchored to your jaw bone. It will not move, wiggle, or shift in your mouth, even immediately after your surgery.
To ensure that your implant heals properly and bonds with your jaw bone, though, you need to make sure to follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Ryan Schmidgall at Country Day Dental. By following your healing and recovery instructions to the letter, you can almost completely eliminate the risk of major complications after you’ve gotten dental implant surgery.
Get Help Immediately if Your Teeth Or Implant Feel Like They’re Moving
If you can tell that your implant is moving, or that the nearby teeth are moving and shifting near the implant, you need to get help from a dentist right away.
If only the implant is moving, it’s possible that you may have a titanium allergy, which has caused the metal implant to be “rejected” by your immune system. This is very rare, though, and most dentists will check for an allergy before they begin the implant planning process.
The other thing that could be causing your teeth to move is “peri-implantitis.” Basically, this is a type of gum disease that can affect the gums around your implant. It occurs when you’re not caring for your implant properly, and bacteria infect the gum tissue.
Over time, peri-implantitis can cause your implant to loosen. In extreme cases, it can even spread to nearby gum tissue, destroying the roots of your natural teeth and causing them to loosen and shift, similarly to advanced gum disease.
Dental Implant Restorations Can Make You Feel Like Your Teeth Are Moving
If you have recently had a dental crown or bridge attached to your dental implants to complete your implant procedure, your teeth may feel a little bit strange. Many patients may think their teeth are moving or shifting when they’re actually not moving at all.
This is because when a dental implant restoration is attached to your implant, it can put some pressure on the nearby teeth, and affect how your teeth fit together. This feels similar to how it would feel if your braces were tightened.
Your nearby teeth aren’t moving, though. They’re just getting used to the feeling of the new tooth, which can cause some discomfort for a few days. This sensation will fade over time as you get used to your new tooth or teeth.
Know What To Expect When You Get Dental Implants In Fort Worth!
Teeth shifting is extremely rare after dental implants, and can be completely avoided if you see an experienced dentist and take care of your mouth properly after your treatment. So don’t wait. If you’re interested in implant dentistry in Fort Worth, Dr. Ryan Schmidgall is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 817-731-9487 to see if you’re a good candidate for treatment.