Implant failure and breaks are rare. But as implants function like natural teeth they may be subject to undue force or have become weakened over time through bad oral habits, like grinding.
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Dental implants can break when subjected to too much pressure before they’ve properly integrated with the jawbone. However, other parts of the restoration, like the crown or post can also be damaged.
Wear and tear might break the abutment, or the crown might chip. However, if the implant feels loose or awkward, we’ll need to take a look to save your tooth.
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If your dental implant repair that involves a new implant, you should expect to pay £2,500 for a new implant, post and crown. Whereas a new crown will only cost from £900.
A broken dental crown is not always classed as an emergency. However, if the edges are sharp or cracked and it’s irritating the mouth, it’s best to have this treated straight away. Dental crowns are like natural teeth, so if there’s too much force, for example, they can chip or break. But thankfully, there’s same-day solutions to replace a crown within the time it takes for lunch.
If the abutment screw is fractured, Dr Gutierres will typically only need to restore the parts that do not involve the implant itself. However, if the problem is with the titanium screw itself, the only option is to take it out and replace it with another implant.
If the reason for failure is a lack of bone, a bone graft procedure might be recommended to build up the bone’s structure to ensure the jaw is strong and dense enough to support the implant. That said, scans should have been carried out to assess the bone in the jaw before an implant is placed, but sometimes the implant can be loose if it’s not properly fused with the bone, which can happen if the osseointegration process has been rushed.
If the crown comes off, it’s not so serious and usually can be solved by re-attaching and tightening the screws.
However, if the implant itself has fallen out, there’s a chance we might be able to reinsert it. But it’s best to diagnose the reason why it’s failed in the first place.
That said, if you’ve experienced any of the above, it’s recommended to see us immediately.