What to Do When Your Dental Implant Breaks
Breaking a dental implant can be scary, but it’s not the end of the world. It may not even be the end of your implant.
Here's what to do if you have broken a dental implant in Honeoye Falls, NY.
First, you should immediately see a qualified dentist such as Dr. Carl A. Murano at HFL Dental. Your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist can assess the situation and help you determine the most appropriate treatment option for you.
Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options today. In a dental implant procedure, your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist will drill a hole into your jawbone and install a titanium implant directly into the bone tissue. The implant will eventually become part of the bone; this process is called osseointegration. Once the implant has become firmly anchored, your Honeoye Falls Dentist will screw in a post known as an abutment, upon which the dentist will then place a prosthetic tooth known as a crown, which is usually made of ceramic or porcelain.
The entire procedure takes some time -- up to several months -- and multiple appointments.
While dental implants are considered a safe, long-lasting tooth replacement option, in a very small percentage of cases complications can occur. In rare cases, the implant does not fully integrate into the jawbone, resulting in a loose implant. This may require a bone graft and/or ultimately a replacement implant.
In rare cases, the implant may fail after the process is complete. These occurrences are rare and vary in complication and severity. If you crack or break the crown, for example, the procedure is relatively simple – your Honeoye Falls, NY dentist will simply replace it with a new crown.
There are preventative measures you can take as well. For example, you should avoid extremely hot beverages as both the ceramic crown and the titanium implant can expand with heat, which can ultimately cause failure. You should also be careful in cleaning and maintaining your implant. Your Honeoye Falls, dentist can show you how to properly and safely do that.
For more information contact Dr. Murano at HFL Dental at 585-624-1917.