Dental implants are a long-lasting and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. These titanium wonders are exceptionally sturdy and praised for their high success rate and durability. However, they are not indestructible.
A broken dental implant is a rare occurrence but several factors can contribute to such an event. These factors may include excessive force on the implant, trauma, a faulty implant, or underlying oral health issues that compromise the implant’s integrity.
Below are some possible reasons why a dental implant may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Fractured Crown or Abutment
- Implant Body Fracture
- Loose Implant
- Infection Around the Implant
The dental implant consists of three parts—the implant itself (surgically placed in the jawbone), the abutment (the connector), and the crown (the artificial tooth). The crown or abutment may fracture due to issues with the restoration material, accidental trauma, or biting on hard objects. In these cases, the crown or abutment can often be replaced without affecting the implant’s foundation. Patients who grind or clench their teeth can also experience a fractured crown or abutment. Wearing an occlusal guard (or bite splint) will be necessary to protect your implant, as well as your other teeth.
While extremely uncommon, the implant body itself may fracture. The fractured implant would need to be removed. After a healing period, a new implant can be placed, provided the surrounding bone is healthy and sufficient to support the replacement.
A dental implant can become loose due to improper placement, infection, or bone loss around the implant. In such cases, we will assess the implant’s stability and recommend the appropriate corrective measures, such as bone grafting or implant repositioning.
Peri-implantitis, an infection that affects the tissues around the implant, can weaken the bone and lead to implant failure. Early detection and prompt treatment are essential to prevent further damage to the implant and surrounding structures.
Dental Implant Repairs at Elevate Smile Design
If you suspect your dental implant is damaged, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment at Elevate Smile Design as soon as possible. Only a professional evaluation can reveal the extent of the damage and determine the appropriate course of action.
Our team prioritizes patient well-being and is equipped with the latest technology and expertise to assess and address any concerns regarding your dental implants. Contact us today!