Can Broken Dental Implants Be Fixed?

March 17, 2020 7:39 pm | Published by

Couple embrace and smile outside their home after getting their dental implants fixed at Optima Dental Spa

Broken dental implants are a rare occurrence, given the durability of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution designed to last a patient’s entire life. At Optima Dental Spa, we take great care throughout the dental implant process, from assessing the strength of a patient’s jawbone to the implantation process to recovery and checkups. Our goal is to restore your mouth to full function and promote maximum longevity of your dental implants.

While it is possible for a dental implant to fail, it is rare. Here at Optima Dental Spa, we do our best to prevent possible complications. Our high success rate is due to the implant’s strong design, our team’s extensive training, and the meticulous screening process for candidates. But we also think it’s important for patients to know what to do if something does happen to their new tooth.

Reasons Dental Implants Might Break

A dental implant is composed of an implant post surgically inserted into the jawbone, a connector piece called the abutment, and a dental restoration. A break could occur in any of these components.

A dental implant post (the screw-like part that’s inserted into the jawbone) might break if it suffers too much pressure before it’s sufficiently bonded with the bone. The post could also fail if the surrounding tissue isn’t healthy enough to support its integration. The abutment can loosen or fracture from trauma or overuse. The restoration is a dental crown, bridge, or denture. These can crack or break from trauma or too much wear and tear. For example, dental crowns usually need to be replaced every 10-15+ years but nighttime grinding can necessitate earlier replacement.

How to Fix a Broken Dental Implant

Your best course of action is to visit our expert team at Optima Dental Spa for a consultation. We’ll provide our recommendation for treatment to fix your broken dental implant. This might involve replacing the restoration on top, replacing the abutment piece, or removing and replacing the implant rod.

Expert Advice at Optima Dental Spa

Whether you think your dental implant is broken or you’re wondering if a dental implant is the right tooth replacement solution for your smile, reach out to Optima Dental Spa. We have multiple offices across the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today!


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