Did you make the choice to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant? You made a smart decision for your smile because it closely looks and feels like a real tooth. While you enjoy realistic results, you never expected to deal with sensitivity. Since it isn’t a natural tooth, how can this be possible? Believe it or not, it can happen. Here’s what you need to know to get relief from dental implant tooth sensitivity in Jacksonville.
Am I Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity?
After replacing a tooth with a dental implant, you might be surprised to experience pain when drinking a cold glass of water or eating a warm bowl of soup. Since a dental implant doesn’t have any nerves or ligaments attaching it to the bone, how is it possible to have discomfort? Unfortunately, this is often a sign of a failing dental implant. Although it may feel like the pain is originating from your restoration, it’s most likely from the gingival tissue or bone.
Can I Save My Dental Implant?
If you get treatment right away, your implant dentist in Jacksonville can often prevent your dental implant from reaching complete failure by addressing the underlying cause of the discomfort.
Extra Dental Cement
Often, the infection is caused by extra crown cement that’s irritating the tissue. If this is the cause, the excess cement can be removed to treat the inflammation. This is often effective for resolving the issue to stop implant failure.
If your sensitivity isn’t caused by extra cement, it might be the result of your jawbone dissolving. Unfortunately, if this is the case, you will need to have your dental implant removed. Your dentist can repair your jaw with bone grafting to create the foundation a new dental implant will need to thrive.
The leading cause of implant failure is the result of a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. It’s caused by bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations. If caught early, your dentist can stop complete implant failure with a deep cleaning.
Can I Prevent Dental Implant Failure?
Dental implant failure is rare. In fact, the risk is generally less than 5%, so you shouldn’t be concerned about it; however, it’s important to be proactive about caring for your new smile to ensure it lasts. It’s best to maintain your oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If you develop any concerns in between your regular visits, like tooth sensitivity, don’t wait to contact your dentist. Quick intervention can stop your pain and save your smile.
About Dr. Larry C. Young
Dr. Larry C. Young has extensive qualifications and experience in many areas of dentistry, including general, cosmetic, and restorative. He specializes in complex oral health issues, including tooth loss. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Jacksonville, he offers the personalized solutions you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a complete smile.