Dental implants provide you with a sturdy and strong feel, and they function and feel exactly like real teeth. Even our real teeth break, chip, and need a little dental intervention at times and unfortunately the same applies to dental implants also. Dental implants can break under certain circumstances just as regular teeth, but if you treat them with care then you greatly lessen these chances to occur. If you’re worried and want to know more about how to keep your dental implants intact for a long-lasting future, read below for our tips in long lasting implant care.
What causes your dental implants to break?
It’s key to remember that there are three different parts to your dental implant: the titanium root in your jawbone, the connective abutment and the crown (the part that looks like a tooth). We’re going to explain how you can look after each part individually.
Your crown and abutment can come under pressure when too much pressure is applied to them. This may not occur during eating and chewing, because they are there to withstand this kind of pressure. However, if you’re using your implants to help bite off plastic and clothing labels and open packages with your teeth, it’s best to stop this now. This kind of acute pressure can dislodge the abutment or crack your crown. Eating very hard foods or chewing ice will also put your crown under stress.
The dental implant itself, the root, can be broken if too much pressure is applied to it before it has fully bonded with your jawbone. This will need revisionary treatment and is the reason why we allow up to 2 months for the healing process before fitting your crown.
How are dental implants fixed or restored?
If the implant itself has broken, then unfortunately the only choice you have is to request it to be removed and replaced with a new root. Some people may need bone work if this happens, which can delay the replacement process by a month or two, but this is a necessary step and can be managed by our dental team. If an abutment or crown breaks, then we would only need to replace that specific part of the dental implant. However, when a crown cracks or breaks, we’ll take an impression your teeth and simply create a new one to match the size, shape and colour of your natural teeth.
Best practices to avoid breaking your dental implants
Try to refrain from using your implants to bite unless its food related. This goes for habits like biting your nail, biting through labels and opening plastic packages with your teeth. These habits will place a lot of pressure on one specific area of your tooth, which absorbs it can cause dramatic wear and tear overtime. Teeth grinding and clenching can put a lot of stress of your dental implants as they would with your regular teeth, so we’d recommend speaking to your dentist if you think you’re doing either of these.
If you’re considering dental implants in Grantham, then please do not hesitate to contact us here at Dental Health and Implant Centre today.