Dental Implant Pain
Dental implant pain after 18 years:
I have had a dental implant for 18 years to replace upper front tooth. Had no problem until 6 months ago. The implant hurts with upper lip and base of the nose swollen. Gum has receded and the implant screw is visible. The implant is still solid it does not move. I've been advised to get it removed.
My fear is it may disfigure my jaw and cause substantial bone loss. What procedure dentists use to remove the implant without causing damage? Also can they do bone and gum graft for placing another implant later?