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Why Does My Dental Implant Feel So Sensitive?

March 28, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — fourtowndentalcare @ 6:26 pm
Illustration showing infected tissue around a dental implant

Sensitivity in natural teeth is a common problem. It happens when outside stimuli irritate the teeth’s inner layers, causing the teeth’s nerves to send pain signals to the brain. Dental implants have no nerves, so it may come as a surprise if one of yours ever starts to feel sensitive. What can cause sensitivity in dental implants, and what should you do to address this problem? This blog post explains some important information.

Where Is the Sensitivity Coming From?

The human body is a complex network of tissues; it is not always easy to pinpoint the exact origin of pain and sensitivity. It might feel like your dental implant is sensitive, but because implants have no nerves, that is technically impossible. It is much more likely that the discomfort is coming from your gums, your jawbone, or a nearby natural tooth.

Possible Causes of Sensitivity Near a Dental Implant

Here are some reasons why the tissues around your dental implant may be experiencing sensitivity:

  • Infection. When harmful bacteria attack the tissue around an implant, inflammation, pain, and sensitivity can be the result.
  • Cavities or other forms of dental damage. If one of the teeth next to your implant has spots of decay or other types of damage, it could be easy to mistake the pain as coming from the implant itself.
  • Impaction. Food debris can get stuck between an implant and a nearby tooth, which can place pressure on your oral tissues and cause sensitivity.
  • Nerve damage. Rarely, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone at the wrong location, angle, or depth. This may cause nerve damage, which can be a cause of pain and sensitivity.

What Should You Do?

Whenever you experience new or worsening dental sensitivity, you should book an appointment with your dentist. This is especially crucial if the problem is near one of your implants; in some cases, sensitivity can be a sign that the implant is in danger of failing! The sooner you receive professional care, the more likely it is that the problem can be addressed via conservative means rather than an extensive, invasive procedure.

During your appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth, possibly take some X-rays, and ask about your symptoms. Then, they will be able to recommend your next steps. You might need relatively simple treatment, such as antibiotics. However, there is also a small chance that your implant will need to be completely removed. After a recovery period, you may be eligible to receive a new one.

Sensitivity near a dental implant is nothing to take lightly! Seek care right away so you can get back to enjoying pain-free dental function.

Meet the Practice

The oral health experts at Four Town Dental are proud to offer a range of dental implant services, including placement, restoration, and maintenance. If you are concerned about unusual symptoms near one of your implants, we can evaluate the problem and help you determine the best course of action. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact our Enfield team at 860-856-6928.

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