Loose Dental Implants!

My sister traveled out of the country to get four dental implants. About six weeks have gone by and they are all loose. She is so scared that they are going to fall out that she isn’t even eating much. Why is this happening?

– Howard in New Mexico


Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, but thank you for sharing your story. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of selecting an excellent implant dentist. Far too many dentists will cut corners in order to offer lower prices. Since implant dentistry is not a regulated field within dentistry, any dentist can claim to do implants.

When it comes to loose dental implants, it very well could be due to cheap, inadequate materials. The pricing for implant fixtures varies significantly, for example ranging from under five dollars to three to five hundred dollars for quality materials. There are hundreds of dental implant companies on the market, yet only a small handful (approx five companies) provide sufficient, well-made materials that would meet the high quality standards in place by the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration. Cheap implants often times end in failure, bottom line. If the materials are to blame than you need to be on the look out for signs of possible infection.

As mentioned before, the skill level of the dentist is also an extremely important factor in the proper placement of each implant. Proper diagnostics and examination to ensure there is enough bone density present at the implant sites is imperative for successful dental implant placement.

Other countries have different regulations, so it is difficult to gauge a dentist’s credentials. It’s time you get your sister into the best implant dentist you can find, preferably one that is a member or even a fellow with the American Board of Oral Implantology or the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Affiliations with either or both of these organizations helps to justify a dentist’s expertise.

Again, thank you for sharing your story. It helps to emphasize the importance of quality materials and qualified dentists.

Related link: How long do dental implants last?

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.



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