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how to tell if a dental implant is failing? i had a dental implant - the first one i've ever had - put in a little less than two months ago. everything seems to have been going fine, but in the last few days i've noticed a small amount of blood around the

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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
This : This could indicate many things but is not a particularly good sign. This may be inflammation of the tissue around the implant or something completely unrelated. Either way it should be evaluated by the dentist who placed the implant to head off any major problems.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Only : Only a dentist can really evaluate whether or not a dental implant is failing. While most implants are initially embedded below the level of the gums, during the healing stage which may vary from 4 to 6 months, the top surface of the implant covering might become exposed and then the gums around the implant might get irritated from eating or brushing in that area. This alone is rarely a problem and should not necessarily alarm you or have to worry about it failing. It would be prudent however, to have your dentist see and evaluate the area just to make sure.
Dr. Tony Chammas
Prosthodontics 25 years experience
The : The soft tissue should have healed quite nicely 2 months after implant placement. Unless you are brushing really hard, you should not see any blood around a healthy implant. I would have it checked by the dentist asap.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Periodontics 44 years experience
Dental implant: Signes of failure of dental implants include: -pain -swelling -loose implant -bleeding and exudate (pus) discharge a little bit of bleeding can be normal. Eventually the dentist is the one that needs to evaluate and make a judgment as to the health of the implant.
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Infection: When an implant is placed and the gums heal, usually the tissues are not inflamed, the implant threads are not exposed and the implant is not loose. If you note any of these things, go to the person who placed the implant so that it may be examined.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Go back to dentist: You need to go back to your dentist asap to be evaluated as to whether there is a problem with the implant or if you traumatized the tissue while brushing your teeth. The dentist should take an xray and do a evaluation to make sure the bone around the implant looks intact and the the site has healed well ie. No puffiness, redness or bleeding upon pressure in this area.
Dr. Gary Herskovits
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dds: There should not be bleeding unless there is food impacted in the area, you are brushing to hard, or the implant is failing. See your dds as soon as possible.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Loose?: A failing implant is loose. Sometimes during healing the cover screw that we put on top of the implant can loosen and irritate the gum. Have the dentist who did the procedure check it.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
See the surgeon: If you have a concern you can consult with the surgeon who placed the implant. A small amount of bleeding does not necessarily mean the implant is failing. I would be more concerned if the implant was moving or mobile or if the gum was receding down the implant.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Probable cover screw: From what you are describing, it seems as though you may be describing a complication sometimes seen which involves the cover screw of the implant. This tiny screw is placed into the implant after it is placed and prevents tissue from entering inside the implant. Sometimes, this tiny screw can loosen and impinge the tissue, causing bleeding. I suspect the cover screw needs tightened. No worries!

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