My dentist placed three dental implants last August. One implant is loose. When I got the implants, my dentist made a custom night guard to wear because I grind my teeth. I don’t wear it because I hate the thing. It’s so hard to get used to it, and it is very difficult to sleep when I wear it. Could my not wearing the night guard be the reason why the implant is loose? Is this going to happen with the other 2 implants? I am embarrassed. I will have a hard time facing my dentist and telling him that I have not been wearing the night guard. I want to know before seeing him if this could really be my fault. Thank you for your time. TJ
TJ – Thank you for contacting Dr. Brooksher’s office. The only way to be sure about the cause of your loose implant is to have it examined.
Can Teeth Grinding Loosen Dental Implants?
Teeth grinding (bruxism) at night puts extra pressure on dental implants and can loosen them. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, it is vital to wear a night guard to avoid damaging your implants. You should wear the night guard while implants heal and afterward.
It is best to find out now why your implant has loosened. You have two other implants that your dentist must observe. If the preventive measure is as simple as wearing a night guard, you should know that now and ensure the success of your implants.
What Happens If an Implant Is Loose?
If your dentist will examine your implant and the area around it to determine if he can stabilize it. If not, your dentist must remove the implant. Depending on the condition of the implant and the area around it, you may need bone grafting before your dentist places another implant. Although you might be embarrassed, scheduling an appointment with your dentist is important. Also, if your mouth guard is excessively uncomfortable, your dentist may need to check it for fit.
Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher sponsors this post. Dr. Brooksher is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.