If an abutment is broken will I have to get a new dental implant?

By February 13, 2015 November 30th, 2018 Dental Implants, Prosthodontist

I’ve had problems with the crown on an implant for about 8 months. I went to 2 implant dentists and the second one found that the abutment is broken. He said that it will be hard to get off the implant. It scares me that he is finding it challenging. I am also worried that I might have to get a new implant. If an abutment is broken, will I have to get a new implant? Thanks. Alexander

 

Alexander – An abutment is used to support a dental appliance. It is attached to a dental implant to support a crown. It is also used to support a fixed dental bridge or a removable partial denture.

Abutments can be made of titanium, stainless steel, gold, or zirconia ceramic. After your jawbone fuses to the implant, the abutment is usually screwed into the implant. Time is allowed for the gum to heal around the abutment, after which a dental crown is attached to it. At times, the abutment is placed on the same day that the dental implant is received.

A broken abutment can be time-consuming to remove and replace. The process requires the skill of an experienced prosthodontist. A variety of dental tools, including ultrasonic implants tools, a bur, or screw removal tools can be used to loosen the abutment. The implant specialist must calmly and carefully ensure that the dental implant is not harmed in the process.

Be certain that the dentist you choose to remove and replace the abutment is skilled in addressing dental implant complications. It may be beneficial to get the opinion of a third implant dentist. The abutment will be examined, and your options will be discussed. A prosthodontist can give you an estimate of how long it will take to remove and replace the abutment, and let you know if and how your dental implant will be affected.

This post is sponsored by Naperville board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.