Dental implants are a very effective way to replace missing teeth and restore both the look and function of your smile.
If you’ve been looking into the procedure, then you might have come across stories of people claiming their teeth have shifted after the procedure.
But is this possible? Can teeth shift because of implants? Find out the answer in this short blog post!
If you’ve been missing a tooth for some time now, your natural teeth have already slightly shifted in order to compensate for this new space. As a result, when you get a dental implant to replace the missing tooth, the implant itself will put a bit of pressure on the surrounding teeth.
You’ll feel a bit of pressure, not unlike the sensation people get after their braces are tightened. However, this is nothing to worry about. Your teeth are not shifting per se, they are just getting used to the new dental implant. As the days go by, this sensation will be less and less prominent, with some patients feeling completely normal even by the next day!
Teeth shifting after getting dental implants in Jackson is not impossible, and it’s caused by a very rare condition known as implant failure. Essentially, if you have an infection in the tissue around the implant, this infection can spread to nearby teeth and cause them to shift. This is known as “peri-implantitis,” and it’s for emergency dental health services.
So if your discomfort lasts for a few days and seems to be getting worse, it could be a sign of implant failure. While extremely rare, it’s best to monitor your symptoms to make sure your implant site is healing properly and if you have any concerns, reach out to Dr. Ben Heffter or Dr. Pako Major right away.
To make sure the implant site heals properly and you enjoy your new smile for decades, be sure to:
If you have missing teeth and are wondering if dental implants are the right solution for you, Dr. Ben Heffter and Dr. Pako Major are at your service.
Book a consultation at Jackson Family Dentistry and stop by our practice to discover what dental treatment will offer you the smile you want.
For more information about dental implants or our services, call us at (262) 677-3003.