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What Causes Dental Implant Sensitivity?

May 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carollo @ 4:12 am

Woman with sensitivity near a dental implantWhether you’ve lost a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural smile. Unlike traditional prosthetics, both the roots and crowns are recreated. As a result, dental implants closely look and feel real. However, they don’t have any nerve endings, so you won’t feel normal sensations. Any sensitivity in a dental implant indicates there may be a serious problem. 

Understanding Dental Implant Sensitivity

A dental implant cannot feel sensitive because it is made of a combination of a metal post, abutment, and restoration. Any sensations you feel will originate from the tissues around the implant. The discomfort can be caused by various factors, which only a trained dental professional can diagnose, such as:

Gum Infection

Dental implants are the most reliable method of treating tooth loss with over a 95% success rate. Although dental implant failure is rare, it is often caused by a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. It is like gum disease, which destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. As you lose density in your jaw, your dental implant can lose stability, resulting in pain. 

An infection isn’t always triggered by poor oral hygiene habits. It can also be caused by too much dental cement when the restoration was placed. It can irritate the soft tissues and lead to an infection. 

Crowded Teeth

Computer-guided technology is used to pinpoint the precise location for your implant. Unfortunately, if your teeth are overcrowded, it can put too much pressure on the dental implant. This can make your natural teeth more sensitive, increasing unusual sensations near the implant. 

Allergic Reaction

Titanium is used for implant posts because it is biocompatible. It integrates well with bone to provide long-term results and unmatched durability. Some patients can have poor reactions to the alloy, which can cause the gums to swell or tingle. You may even lose your sense of taste.


If a small piece of food or other debris gets stuck between your implant and natural teeth, it can result in sensitivity. Irritation from something as simple as a popcorn kernel can turn into a big problem if it isn’t removed. 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Although sensitivity may not seem alarming initially, it’s not something you want to ignore. Your dentist will find the source of the discomfort to prevent dental implant failure. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, it can be too late to save your dental implant. It’s best to contact your dentist right away if you experience: 

  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Loose implant

Your dentist can save your smile and protect your investment with a personalized treatment plan. 

About Dr. John A. CarolloDr. Carollo earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and has completed extensive continuing education in dental implants. With over 30 years of experience, he has the qualifications you can trust. If you have signs of dental implant failure, contact our office right away for an appointment.

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