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When a natural tooth experiences sensitivity, it is because outside stimuli are irritating the tooth’s nerve, leading to pain and discomfort. A dental implant has no nerves in it, so it might be puzzling if it begins to experience sensitivity. What can cause this issue, and what might your dentist do to correct it? This blog post answers those questions about sensitivity in dental implants.
Where Is the Sensitivity Coming From?
Remember that the exact location of dental sensitivity is often hard to pinpoint. It might seem like your implant is sensitive when it is really the surrounding tissues that are suffering. The discomfort might be coming from your gums, from one of the adjacent teeth, or even from your jawbone.
Possible Causes of Sensitivity Near a Dental Implant
Here are a few reasons why the tissues around a dental implant in Manchester might be experiencing sensitivity:
- Infection. If the gum tissue around a dental implant becomes infected, it can become swollen and hurt when it is exposed to stimuli.
- Cavities or other dental damage. One of the teeth next to your implant might have spots of decay, a crack, or worn enamel that is allowing stimuli to irritate the tooth’s inner layers.
- Impaction. Food might get stuck between your implant and one of the teeth next to it. This debris can exert pressure on both your implant and the tooth, leading to sensitivity.
- Tissue or nerve damage. Rarely, an implant is placed in the mouth at an incorrect location, angle, or depth. It might cause damage to nerves. This possibility is remote, but it does underscore the importance of receiving implant treatment from an experienced team that uses advanced technology.
- Allergies. Most dental implants are made out of a titanium alloy. Very few people are allergic to titanium, but adverse reactions do happen occasionally.
What You Should Do
Any new dental sensitivity is a reason to visit your dentist, especially if it is occurring around a dental implant. Without treatment, the problem might worsen and lead to the need for extensive procedures. It is even possible that you will experience dental implant failure.
When you visit your dentist, they will examine your mouth and learn about your symptoms. Hopefully, the issue is relatively minor and can be repaired right away. This is often the case with small cavities and impacted food. If a more serious problem is found, your dentist will talk to you about your options for addressing it.
Does one of your dental implants feel sensitive? Do not panic. Instead, seek care as soon as possible. Your dentist is ready to help you find relief from the pain and protect your oral health.
Meet the Practice
The dentists and specialists at First Line Dental have many years of combined experience and are proud to offer comprehensive dental implant services. If you suspect there is something wrong with your implants, they would be happy to examine your mouth and recommend an appropriate treatment. Contact our office at 860-736-3405.