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Dental implants are made of either ceramic or porcelain because of the materials appear and feel just like real teeth. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean they can’t break or chip occasionally. Just like your real teeth, they are not invincible and are subject to damage or wear and tear. Dental implants can indeed break under traumatic circumstances just like your teeth but ensuring steps to take care of them will lessen the chance of them coming to any harm. If you’re interested in knowing how to maintain your implants correctly then read on below as we break down how they can break.

How can dental implants break?

We have to track back initially to the dental implant’s materials. There are three different parts: the implant placed within the jawbone (titanium screw), the connective abutment and the dental crown itself (the part made from ceramic or porcelain that provides the image of a tooth).

Your crown and abutment may suffer some damage when they come under too much pressure which causes tooth trauma. However, we’re not talking about the kind of pressure that’s caused by eating or chewing, because that’s that dental implants are superficially designed to withstand. The pressure we’re talking about is applying a bit of force through your teeth. For example, if you bite open plastic packaging or removing clothing labels with your teeth, you might dislodge your abutment or crack your own crown. These practices are definitely not recommended and is advised to be avoided as the same rule applies with normal teeth.

The dental implant itself, which is embedded into your jaw, can break if too much pressure is applied to it before it has fully bonded with your jawbone. After we place your root for the first time, we always wait for weeks or even months before placing your dental crown to lessen the likelihood of the failure.

Can dental implants be fixed?

There are ways of restoring or fixing your dental implants, depending on which part of the apparatus has been damaged. If the actual implant is broken, then unfortunately the only choice is to remove it and replace it with a new root. Some patients may require bone work if this is the case, which can result in the delay of your root replacement by a month or so. If your connective abutment or a crown breaks, then it’s only the specific damaged part that will require replacing.

Ensuring best practice in regard to maintaining your dental implants will be key to having a trouble-free time with them. Another highly important top tip is to follow the aftercare advice given to you, attend your appointments for maintenance and to notify your team here at Down House Dental Practice for any problems you’re worried about.