If you have dental implants, you probably consider your implant to feel and function just like a normal tooth. Similar to natural teeth, it is rare for an implant to break. Do you know what to do in the case of a broken or damaged implant? Find out what happens when your implant breaks with help from your St. Clair Shores, MI dentist at Malouf Family Dentistry.
What are the chances that my implant will break?
Implants are extremely durable and made to last a lifetime once implanted into your jawbone. This makes the chances they will break very slim. However, failing implants are often linked to poor at-home dental care. A serious commitment to your at-home oral care routine becomes more important than ever and key in keeping your implants healthy. Failed implants also occur due to loosened implant screws, bone graft failure and infections of the teeth or gums.
Dental Implants in St. Clair Shores
Dental implants are an extremely effective and successful tooth replacement option. Replacing both a missing tooth and its root gives the bone underneath the gum tissue the stimulation it requires to remain healthy and strong and avoid atrophy. If your implant becomes damaged, the best treatment for you will depend on the situation. Treatment for an implant damaged during implant surgery is different than treatment for an implant which has, for example, failed due to infection or decay.
What should I do if my implant breaks?
Contacting your dentist as soon as possible is the most important thing you can do if your implant breaks. If possible, keep any parts of the implant or prosthetic tooth which have come loose or broken off and bring them to your appointment. Your dentist can help you determine the best course of action for your broken implant.
For more information on broken dental implants or dental implants in general, please contact Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI. Call (586) 772-9020 to schedule your dental examination today!