35 doctors weighed in:

How do you know if your dental implant is failing?

35 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry
7 doctors agree

In brief: See your dentist

Only a dentist can tell for certain if an implant is failing, however signs you may notice yourself include a loose tooth or teeth connected to an implant or implants.
Pain, swelling, and/or oozing can also be problem indications.

In brief: See your dentist

Only a dentist can tell for certain if an implant is failing, however signs you may notice yourself include a loose tooth or teeth connected to an implant or implants.
Pain, swelling, and/or oozing can also be problem indications.
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Mobility

Best sign of pending loss is mobility.
Only your dentist can tell for sure (could be just a loose screw internally), so get it checked early. Other signs: bleeding gums, pus, loose gum tissues, pain when chewing or clenching.

In brief: Mobility

Best sign of pending loss is mobility.
Only your dentist can tell for sure (could be just a loose screw internally), so get it checked early. Other signs: bleeding gums, pus, loose gum tissues, pain when chewing or clenching.
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mobility

If there is any mobility of the implant, that is usually is accompanied with inflammation , infection and or swelling.

In brief: Mobility

If there is any mobility of the implant, that is usually is accompanied with inflammation , infection and or swelling.
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Dr. Joel Piehl
Dentistry - Periodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Loose, pain?

If it is loose and there is pain it could be failing.
See your dentist.

In brief: Loose, pain?

If it is loose and there is pain it could be failing.
See your dentist.
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Dr. Wayne ORoark
the looseness could be from the set screw backing out and not be the implant itself. see an implant experienced dentist to find out which. pain could indicate a failing implant , but not necessarilly. if it is the screw, it can be tightened.
Dr. Alvis Burris
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Implant failure

First see your dentist or surgeon for evaluation is the best answer.

In brief: Implant failure

First see your dentist or surgeon for evaluation is the best answer.
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Dr. Peter Karsant
The restoration may become loose, the tissue may be swollen,generally not painful
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain, Pus, Swelling

Your dental implant should be immobile.
If you are having pain at the site of the implant, pus, bleeding, swelling, fever, a draining 'bubble' or fistula, or increased redness, you should see your implant surgeon immediately. Additionally, if an x-ray shows abnormal bone loss, your implant may be failing. Keep smiling !

In brief: Pain, Pus, Swelling

Your dental implant should be immobile.
If you are having pain at the site of the implant, pus, bleeding, swelling, fever, a draining 'bubble' or fistula, or increased redness, you should see your implant surgeon immediately. Additionally, if an x-ray shows abnormal bone loss, your implant may be failing. Keep smiling !
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: A few things

If there is constant swelling and pain around the implant, bone loss on the x-ray and if it is loose.
Your dentist will be able to assess the implant to determine of it is failing.

In brief: A few things

If there is constant swelling and pain around the implant, bone loss on the x-ray and if it is loose.
Your dentist will be able to assess the implant to determine of it is failing.
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Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many factors

Mobility is a sure sign that it must be removed.
Other signs and symptoms may include bleeding, swelling, pus or drainage, pain, bone loss seen on an x-ray (usually more than half the length).

In brief: Many factors

Mobility is a sure sign that it must be removed.
Other signs and symptoms may include bleeding, swelling, pus or drainage, pain, bone loss seen on an x-ray (usually more than half the length).
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Inflammation

There would be signs of the some or all of the following: looseness of the implant , swelling of the gum, pus, gum bleeding , pain, bone loss on a dental x-ray.
I hope this helps.

In brief: Inflammation

There would be signs of the some or all of the following: looseness of the implant , swelling of the gum, pus, gum bleeding , pain, bone loss on a dental x-ray.
I hope this helps.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pain

Pain in the area is a strong indication.
Gum redness, swelling, discomfort, are all reasons to have the area checked.

In brief: Pain

Pain in the area is a strong indication.
Gum redness, swelling, discomfort, are all reasons to have the area checked.
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