Re: Signs of Implant Failure, Infection?
The signs of an implant failing is usually redness and puffiness along the gum at the base of the implant, bone or gum recession or erosion, a recurring infection and eventually mobility. An OS or periodontist should be able to see if the implant has invaded or penetrated the sinus cavity. Your symptoms sound more like a occlusional or contact issue however as the teeth in front of the implant are being affected or "pushed" due to improper contact. The best way to determine if it is a contact issue is to have the crown removed for several days to couple weeks and see if your symptoms disappear - this will give you your answer. The dentist who performed the work may be unwilling to do this however as it often implies they have done something wrong, but an unbiased dr who just wants to resolve the problem regardless of who did what - and at the same time does not want to make things worse by making other adjustments - may find this to be the fastest and easiest way of determining if it is indeed the crown on the implant in question. Implants don't fail that often these days - but a improperly fitting prosthetic can certainly cause one to fail and along the way present a host of other symptoms that seem unrelated to the actual problem.
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 01-12-2009 at 10:24 AM.