Those who have received dental implants know that they are strong, durable, and a great replacement for lost or damaged teeth. Although they are firmly rooted and built to last many years with proper care, dental implants can break. It’s important to know the details for how this can happen to help prevent it. If you’ve got questions about your dental implants and how to make them last, we’re here to answer them.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are replacements for lost, discolored, misshapen, broken, or damaged teeth. They are a wonderful option for anyone looking for strong teeth that are firmly rooted. Dental implants are placed below the gumline in the bone of the jaw. This is done by inserting titanium rods into the bone. From there, an abutment is placed at the top of the implant structure so that it can hold the custom-made crown without issue. Dental implants are safe, long-lasting, and look and feel just like natural teeth.
Can Dental Implants Break?
Although dental implants are well-constructed, they can still break if subject to injury or improper care. The crown and abutment are the parts of the implant tooth that are vulnerable to breakage. The titanium implant structure is much less likely to break. The crown of the implant tooth can become damaged the same way a tooth can. Chipping or breaking teeth with food or hard contact can also happen with a crown. The abutment will most likely become bent, rather than breaking, making the crown less well-fitting. This might feel awkward, but shouldn’t be painful. Both problems are treatable.
What Do I Do If My Implant Breaks?
If you break a dental implant, don’t panic. Give us a call. We will make time in our schedule to see you as soon as possible and get your implant fixed. If you feel that your bite has changed and suspect you may have a bent abutment, let us know. These problems can be solved and we’re here to help!
Dental Implants at Three Creek Dentistry
If you’re considering getting dental implants, or have questions about your dental implants, let us know! If it’s time to schedule an appointment for a routine checkup, call today!