The sound or feeling of a cracked tooth is never a good thing! But what if it’s not a tooth? If you have a dental implant, you may find yourself wondering, “What if my dental implant breaks? What do I do?” Just like regular teeth, dental implants are made to be very strong. But, also like regular teeth, they can break or become loose after an impact.
Dental implants have 3 main areas that can sustain damage. The first is at the implant fixture, which is put into the jawbone and acts as the root. The second is the abutment which connects the implant fixture to the artificial tooth. And, the third is the crown, which is the replacement tooth.
How Durable are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great choice for tooth replacement. However, they’re not indestructible. In fact, they’re roughly as strong as your regular teeth – which can break in certain situations.
You can make your dental implant less durable by chewing on ice, biting unexpectedly hard foods, grinding your teeth, or experiencing a sudden impact. These things, along with preexisting medical issues can cause dental implants to not last as long. Nevertheless, dental implants are a great choice. They can give you the ability to have the look and feel of natural teeth for years to come.
What if My Dental Implant Breaks?
Good news! If your dental implant breaks, we can repair or replace it. First, make sure you have all the broken pieces, then call your oral surgeon. If you are in pain, make sure to let us know so we can make arrangements for proper care.
What are the Steps to Repair a Dental Implant?
- We remove your dental implant and replace it with a new one.
- In certain situations, a bone graft is needed before a new implant is given. This procedure strengthens and deepens the jawbone. If needed, it will take several months before an implant can be placed.
- If the fixture or abutment is broken but the crown isn’t, we will only replace the broken element.
- When a crown itself cracks or breaks, we will take an impression to create a new crown.
Need dental implant repair? If you are looking for an experienced oral surgeon to help, rely on our skilled team at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. Call today to schedule an appointment at (423) 296-8210.