What To Do If You Damage Your Dental Implant

What To Do If You Damage Your Dental Implant

What To Do If You Damage Your Dental Implant

Dental implants are one of the most amazing advances in dental technology. They allow us to replace diseased, damaged and missing teeth permanently with an extremely high success rate. The American Association of Endodontists reports the rate at 98.4 percent.

Beyond national statistics, we know from personal experience that dental implants have a high satisfaction rate among our patients here at Castle Rock Dental.

But even the very best procedures like implants can have the potential for a complication, whether it is the prosthetic portion of your implant or the underlying titanium screw.

It’s important to distinguish between early implant failure and late implant failure. Early implant failure usually happens during the installation process and is often caused by failed osseointegration. Our dental team is skilled at avoiding this type of failure because we are extremely cautious and methodical in our implantation process. We carefully screen and prepare candidates to make sure they have an ideal environment for their implant to succeed.

Late implant failure can come years after you have had a functioning dental implant and can be due to change in the fit of the implant (sometimes from bone loss), the repeated force of chewing causing the implant to break down, or peri implantitis.

If your implant becomes damaged, the first thing to do is call our office as soon as possible. Even if it is after-hours or on the weekend, leaving a message will help us get you into the office quickly to resolve the issue.

Secondly, keep any pieces or fragments of the implant that you have. While it is unlikely we will use them to repair the implant, examining them can help us determine what may have caused the implant failure.

Then attempt to keep your mouth as clean as possible until we can take a look at things.

When you come into our office we will assess the situation and give you some options for repair. If we can salvage the implant we will. If it needs to come out entirely, we will remove any remaining portions of the abutment completely with special tools.

At that point, we will carefully examine the gum and bone tissue to see if it is compromised and may have contributed to the failure. If not, we will look into replacing the implant.

One of the great things about dental implants is that many of them are guaranteed by the manufacturer — meaning that if it fails, they may cover the price of having it repaired. Talk to our billing office about researching this possibility.

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