Dental implants are the most durable and permanent tooth replacement option available. Like the natural teeth they replace, implants are built to withstand the everyday pressures created by normal biting and chewing activities. Although implants have an incredibly high success rate, there are a few rare occasions where complications can develop. You most likely won't have to worry about damaging your implant crowns while biting into an apple or chewing your favorite cut of steak or other food, implant crowns can break, chip or crack under certain circumstances, just like natural teeth. If you experience a problem with your implants, schedule an appointment to assess and repair the damage.
What Happens if a Dental Implant Becomes Damaged or Breaks?
The most common issues with implants are chips and cracks to the dental implant crown, which can be relatively straightforward to repair, depending on the extent of the damage. For minor chips and cracks that do not threaten the structural integrity of your implant crown, the crown can usually be reshaped and restored without replacement. If the damage to the crown is significant, it may need to be replaced.
Infections due to poor oral hygiene are rare, but they can happen. Excessive force and pressure from a grinding habit, or if the number of implants is insufficient to support your teeth, can also affect the integrity of the implant. In order to prevent potentially serious complications with your implants, it is very important to practice a strict oral hygiene routine at home with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental exams and professional cleanings (every six months to a year, depending on your situation).
Implant Dentistry in Morehead City, NC
Dental implants are a safe and effective tooth replacement method for healthy adults. Your Morehead City Dentist can educate you on how implants work and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy after implants.
Looking to learn more about dental implant restoration? Call our Morehead City, NC office at (252) 726-2360 today!