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What to Do if Your Implant Crown Becomes Loose or Breaks

Posted by El Camino Dental Arts on Nov 11 2019, 08:45 AM

Dental implants are made to stay inside your jaw, while the visible part of the implant is known as an implant crown. While the dental implant will last for decades, the crown may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. However, accidents happen. You may suffer a bad fall that may cause your implant crown to break or loosen.

The basics of dental implants

A dental implant is one of the most durable restoration options available for replacing a lost tooth.

The dental implant has three parts: The titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, the abutment that connects the crown and the permanent dental crown that lies above the gum line.

It is very rare for the implant itself to break since it is located inside the bone, although gum diseases can create issues. The abutment is more likely to break or loosen after suffering trauma. The implant crown can also break or loosen.

The crown is the part that endures all the external forces of chewing and foreign particles. The crowns consist of different materials, each with varying levels of strength, but all are susceptible to damage. A loose crown needs prompt treatment.

What causes an implant crown to break or become loose?

Several factors can cause the implant crown to become loose or break. Crowns can sometimes be repaired, reattached or, in some cases, they may need to be replaced. In very rare circumstances, a dentist may need to replace the entire implant.

The following factors can loosen your crown:

  • Deterioration of the dental cement used for bonding
  • Damage to the abutment
  • Loosening of the dental implant screw
  • Dental implant failure

What you should do when your implant crown is loose

If your implant crown feels loose or breaks, you need to contact your dentist immediately. Usually, a dentist can correct some damage, depending on the cause. In most cases, the dentist will replace the dental crown. If the abutment or implant is broken, you will need a new implant.

If the crown breaks, try to save the broken pieces. Keep the piece in a pouch and take it with you when visiting the dentist. Do not try to replace the crown yourself. It will not be a firm hold, and you may swallow the tooth once the crown falls out of place.

If the implant falls out with the rest of the crown, ensure you visit the dentist immediately. The implant site can still be used for another implantation. If a bone graft is necessary, the dentist will advise you accordingly.

How to avoid problems with the dental implant

Stop biting or chewing on hard items and foods. Do not chew ice or open bottles with your teeth. Even biting your fingernails can cause harm to implant crown.

Your gum health is very important for the success of the implant. Ensure you take your oral hygiene routine seriously to prevent periodontitis. This means you must brush, floss and use mouthwash.

Request a mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping. It will also help if you play sports. Remember, even non-contact sports like tennis pose a risk to your teeth. All it takes is for a stray ball to strike your face to knock out a tooth.

Does your crown feel loose?

If there is an issue with your implant crown, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. The earlier you identify an issue, the faster the dentist can repair the implant. For help with your dental implants, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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