By Central Kentucky Dental
October 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dealing with a broken or damaged dental implant? Our dental team can fix the problem.

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are incredibly durable and act just like the real thing. Most people get used to their new teeth right away, since implants feel and function just like a natural tooth; however, just as teeth can still become damaged, so too can dental implants. If your dental implant needs some work done, don’t worry. Our Winchester, KY, dentists Dr. Tena Powe and Dr. Walter Peavler can help.

How can a dental implant become damaged?

Implants are so insanely tough, particularly since they are made from titanium, that you may be shocked to discover that your implant needs to be repaired at some point. First, it’s important to understand the different parts of a dental implant so that you fully understand this popular tooth replacement and how it works. A dental implant is made up of three parts,

  • The implant itself, which is a small metal post that is placed within the jawbone
  • An abutment, which sits on top of the implant and connects with a false tooth
  • A dental crown (or bridge or dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced)

Most of the time the implant itself is fine but the dental crown, which is cemented over the abutment, may require repair or care. This is often the case if the crown falls off or is broken. Eating particularly hard foods or using your teeth like tools can often be to blame for a cracked or broken crown. The good news is that this is an easy fix: our Winchester, KY, family dentists can simply place a new crown over the dental implant. The same rules apply when it comes to a dental bridge or dentures. At some point, any and all false teeth (including dental implant restorations) will need to be replaced by our Winchester, KY, dentists.

In some very rare cases, a dental implant may fail. This often happens if someone develops gum disease, if there is significant bone loss or if the patient is a smoker. We highly recommend that anyone interested in getting dental implants stop smoking prior to getting an implant, as smoking can greatly increase implant failure. Your dentist will need to determine the cause of your implant failure to decide how to best proceed. For example, if there isn’t enough bone mass to support the implant, our dental team may recommend bone grafting to rebuild the jawbone so that it is strong enough to hold an implant.

Do you have questions about upkeep and caring for your dental implants here in Winchester, KY? If so, our dental team can answer all of your questions and provide you with routine checkups and advice to make sure your implant lasts a long time. If you have questions or concerns about your implant call Central Kentucky Dental at (859) 744-0320.