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Can Dental Implants Move? – Implantes Dentales

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Dental implants are one of the most effective methods of replacing missing teeth. This is mainly because of their permanency, seeing as they are not susceptible to decay. However, getting an implant does not necessarily mean that the whole procedure will be successful.

Sometimes, dental implants may move and are a common cause for alarm among patients. This article addresses some of the common causes for implant movements. Methods of preventing the movement of dental implants are also discussed in this article.

Reasons for The Movements of a Dental Implant

  1. Osseointegration Failure

Osseointegration is the method through which the bone and the implant material fuse to make a tight and impenetrable bond. The first surgery involves fixing the implant in the jawbone, and after this, the patient is allowed up to 3 to 4 months to allow healing around the gums and bone. However, if this process doesn’t occur correctly and effectively, the implant may become loose, hence its movement. This leads to the patient feeling uncomfortable and some amount of pain, and may eventually lead to the implant completely falling out.

What are the causes of osseointegration failure?

  • Inaccurate placement of the implant which may cause bone tissue not to grow around it.
  • Overloading the implant before osseointegration takes place
  • Insufficient bone density
  • Blunt force trauma or sudden impact that may dislodge the implant and affect healing
  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions of the body towards the implant.
  1. Excessive Bone Loss

Bone loss around the implant could cause movement. Diseases such as osteoporosis cause bone degeneration, and could, therefore, affect the osseointegration process. Usually, patients suffering from these ailments are treated with bisphosphonates to prevent bone degeneration.

The problem is that implants require the bone to degenerate and regenerate itself for healing to take place. If this process does not take place, the jawbone does not heal correctly, and the implant moves. The intake of bisphosphonates causes a condition known as jaw osteonecrosis where the jaw bone is exposed.

For this reason, Vita Dental advises you to be open with your dentist, and inform them of any medical conditions that may affect the success rate of your implant.

  1. Overloading

This occurs when severe stress is exerted on the dental implant causing it to dislodge itself. Overloading is frequent when the abutment and crown are placed together with the implant.

While the immediate placement procedure saves time and reduces the number of surgeries required, it is essential to give the implant enough time to fuse with the bone.

  1. Peri-implantitis

This is an infection around the implant that prevents osseointegration. The infection may be caused by bacteria that form after poor oral hygiene, or bacteria that infects injured tissue during surgery. Once the area around the implant becomes infected, it will become loose.

Peri-implantitis is common among people who:

  • Smoke: Smoking reduces dental implant success rates because it constricts blood vessels that are crucial in bone healing
  • Suffer from diabetes: Diabetes increases the chances of infection and also slows down the normal healing process. The chances of developing complications after dental implant surgery are high, and patients are therefore advised to inform the dentist of all existing medical conditions.
  • Have thin gums that expose the bone to decay and infection
  • Have weak immune systems that cannot cope with diseases.

It is critical to ensure that you brush at least twice daily and floss to prevent bacteria growth. Also ensure that you visit us at Family dental care once in a while, to have your implant checked for any infection

If you have peri-implantitis, the dentist will clean the infected area with antibacterials and prescribe antibiotics. If the infection is severe, then the implant might be removed, for proper healing and bone grafting to take place.

  1. Rejection of the Implant

Though rare, the body may reject the implant, and to protect itself, it will eject the implant and cause movement. Blood and tissue samples should, therefore, be tested before implant surgery.

  1. The Crown

There are instances where the crown may become loose and move. In such cases, the dentist should secure the crown or find a better fit. This means that the implant is not moving, though it is still advisable to have the crown fixed early.

What Should I Do If My Implant Is Moving?

It is easy to get alarmed when your dental implant starts moving. However, it is advisable to visit your dentist to get tested and have some x-rays taken to confirm the condition of your implant. This will ensure that infections are detected early enough for treatment, while treatment will be provided for infections. Thanks to our modern equipment, fixing any dental problems will be done efficiently and accurately.


The success of a dental implant depends on various factor, and Vita Dental is ready to provide quality services. We ensure that we carry out necessary tests, install implants, and provide treatment for infections. For more information, kindly contact Vita Dental Spring through the website.