I have 3 teeth implants. I got them in April ’15. One of them is loose. Is there a way for me to get in back in so it will stay at least temporarily? I have a tight deadline to finish some work out of town and I don’t have time to get to a dentist. Is there something over-the-counter that I can get to at least keep it in place? How long would it hold until I can get it cared for properly? Jamisen
Unfortunately, you will not be able to secure your loose dental implant. It was surgically placed, and it will be to be surgically placed again. This is something that cannot be done in a single day, but it should be a priority.
Your implant surgeon will need to examine the implants and the area in your mouth was placed. The reason for the implant failure will need to be determined before it can be placed again. Implants can loosen because of improper placement, improper healing, or substandard implant fixtures. Smoking can also prevent implants from healing properly.
The implant will be removed, and the implant site will need to heal before the implant is replaced. Bone grafting may be needed, and you may need a new implant. Unfortunately, it will be a few months before your implant is functional again.
See your implant surgeon as soon as possible. Remember that you do have the option to seek a second opinion on the failed dental implant. Even though you have to travel, make your implant a priority. If treatment is delayed, an infection can result. If that happens, the treatment and healing process will be prolonged. So if at all possible, seek help right away.
This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.