15 Aug What Should You Do If Your Dental Implant Breaks?
What to Do If Your Dental Implant Breaks: Solutions and Prevention
Dental implants can fracture for various reasons, primarily associated with pressure and wear. However, there are effective solutions available to restore a broken dental implant. Here’s an overview of what causes implant breakage, steps to take if it happens, and preventative measures.
Here’s what leads to broken implants:
1. Premature Pressure: Excessive force applied to dental implants before they have fully osseointegrated, or bonded, with the jawbone can cause them to break. It’s crucial to allow sufficient time for the implant to integrate before subjecting it to significant pressure.
2. Abutment and Screw Wear: The abutment, which connects the implant to the crown, may break due to wear and tear over time. Likewise, a broken screw within the abutment can disrupt the implant’s stability. These components are susceptible to the stresses of regular oral function.
3. Crown Damage: The visible dental crown, situated above the gum line, has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years or longer. Consuming very hard foods, chewing ice, or using teeth as tools can lead to crown damage, potentially resulting in breakage.
How are implants restored?
1. Replacing Implants:
In the event of a broken implant, the sole option is to extract it and replace it with a new implant. In some cases, individuals may require bone grafts to strengthen the jawbone before implant replacement. This involves a healing period to ensure the jawbone’s readiness to support the new implant.
2. Abutment and Screw Replacement:
If the abutment or screw breaks, replacement of these specific components suffices, without necessitating the removal of the entire implant.
3. Crown Restoration:
For cracked or broken crowns, impressions are taken to create a new crown that fits the space naturally and harmoniously in your mouth.
Preventing Implant Breakage:
1. Cautious Post-Implant Behavior:
For same-day implants, avoid exerting excessive pressure on the teeth initially. Adhering to post-procedure instructions is vital.
2. Addressing Teeth Grinding:
Teeth grinding can stress both implants and crowns. Wearing a night guard while sleeping effectively addresses this issue. Following the instructions you received after your procedure is very important.
Dental implants can last the rest of your life with proper care. If you do experience a problem with your implant or need implant restoration, call our dental office in San Diego.