Implant screw became loose - grinding my teeth?
by Howard Gale
(Lake Zurich, Illinois)
Implant screw became loose - grinding my teeth , can this be the reason?
I completed my dental implant in Sep 2011. In Nov 2011 the crown was loose causing the surrounding tissue to become irritated. I went back to my dentist immediately. The dentist said the screw became loose and thought it may have been caused by me grinding my teeth during sleep.
Without taking any exray, the dentist drilled through and hollowed out the crown to expose the screw. The screw was removed, then re-inserted and tightened with the hollowed out crown. The crown was then filled with cement. I asked the dentist if the strength of the crown was compromised or if any complications may arrise following this procedure. The dentist said he often fixes crowns this way and said no complications should arrise.
I have several concerns.
1) Has the crown's stength been compromised by this process? should a new crown have been ordered and installed rather than filling it with cement?
2) I have had 2 hip replacements (2003 and 2008). The dentist normally gives me antibiotics before drilling but in this case did not. Should I be concerned about infection?
3) Should I follow-up with my dentist or just leave well enough alone?