Dental implants are complete replacements for teeth that have been either removed or knocked out of the jaw. Implants can be used in many cases, but you should understand that sometimes the implant procedure does not go exactly as planned. Micromovements are an issue. Keep reading to learn what this means and how the issue can be avoided.
What Are Micromovements?
Micromovements are slight movements of the dental implant root, and this can cause the poor integration of the root device. Integration occurs as new and hard bone material starts to develop and attach to the root. This creates a solid structure around the implant so it will not loosen when you start biting down on it.
The building of bone around your implant occurs during a process called osseointegration, and this involves bone remodeling. Remodeling is something that occurs when bone is broken or removed. You can think of the way that a bone heals after you break it. Just like the dental implant, it must be immobilized so that bone tissue can grow.
During the first stages of remodeling, new tissues are added to the existing bone by cells called osteoblasts. Afterward, minerals are moved to the newly formed bone to create strength. If the implant moves before the new minerals are added, then the bone will be soft, and tissues may also not attach directly to the implant. In this case, the implant will be loose and may fail.
How Can Micromovements Be Prevented?
If you want a successful implant device, then it is wise to prevent any and all movement of the implant before your jaw completely heals. Speak with your dentist so you understand the specific timeframe for healing. It will often take three to four months, but this depends on the type of surgery completed as well as your general and oral health at the time of the procedure.
Also, try to stay away from immediate load implants that allow you to receive a tooth at the same time as the dental implant. Since placing pressure on the healing bone can cause the implant to move, this is not an ideal choice.
Eating foods that require little to no chewing for a few weeks and also staying away from sports activities that may lead to the movement of the implant is wise too. You do need to eat foods that are high in protein and calcium though, so the bone can rebuild.
If you want to know more about implants and the possible complications associated with implant surgery, speak with your dentist.