Can I Remove a Loose Dental Implant at Home?
I have a new implant and crown that I received almost three months ago. The implant is loose and irritating. I will see the dentist next week. Can I pull out the implant myself? – Thank you. Lyle from PA
Thank you for your inquiry.
If you have a loose implant, we do not advise you to remove it yourself. Instead, only allow a skilled implant dentist or specialist to remove the implant.
What Happens If You Remove a Loose Implant at Home?
If you remove the implant at home, you might harm these areas:
- Mistakenly damage surrounding tissue
- Disrupt the surrounding bone
- Cause the space to fill in with tissue prematurely
What Causes Dental Implant to Loosen?
Some factors that can cause a dental implant to loosen:
- Placement – Without a 3-D CT scan, the implant location may not be ideal for healing. If the implant and your jawbone do not fuse, the implant can loosen and fail.
- Infection – Infection in your bone or gum tissue creates inflammation and prevents osseointegration (bone and tissue fusing).
- Implant overload – Too much pressure on the implant abutment (connector) or crown can cause overload. Clenching or grinding your teeth can add stress to an implant.
Symptoms of a Loose Dental Implant
Symptoms of a loose dental implant include the following:
- Implant crown movement
- Pain when you chew
- Bleeding around the implant
- Gum discoloration
- Changes in gum structure
Loose Dental Implant Treatment
An implant dentist must remove a loose dental implant. But your implant dentist will take an x-ray to identify which dental implant components are loose or damaged. Then, your implant dentist will determine and treat any of these factors before replacing the implant.
- Infection – A dentist must treat and remove the infection to promote healing.
- Bone loss – You may need grafting to support the implant. And three to four months of healing will follow. Otherwise, your dentist may replace the failed implant with a larger one.
- Teeth grinding – You will need to wear a mouthguard to avoid pressure around the implant site.
You Can Get a Second Opinion
If your dentist does not give you satisfying answers about why your implant is loose, schedule an appointment for a second opinion. Look for a skilled dentist with advanced implant training or who works with a specialist for implant surgery.
Thomas J. Goebel, DDS of Moline, IL, sponsors this post.