Can You Break a Tooth Implant?

Posted by Dr. Michael Choi on Dec 29 2018, 07:42 AM

Dental implants

If you are wondering how sturdy and reliable a dental tooth implant is, it is important to understand what a dental implant consists of. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces your lost tooth and the tooth root. We will permanently fix and screw the implant into the jawbone.

There are three main parts for a dental implant, which are the implant fixture, abutment and crown (prosthesis). The implant fixture is what we permanently fix into the jawbone, acting as your tooth root. The abutment is what connects the implant fixture with the artificial tooth. The crown (prosthesis) is the replacement tooth, which usually consists of resin or porcelain.

Can you break a tooth implant?

If you are considering getting a tooth implant, or already have one, it is normal to wonder how sturdy the implant is and how durable and long lasting it may be. While dental implants are close to indestructible, there is still a possibility of breakage. You may be wondering, can a tooth implant break or fracture? Are there differences in the strength and possibility of breakage between the three components of the fixture, abutment or crown?

If you find yourself questioning if you can break a tooth implant, you may assume that it would be the actual artificial tooth that is most at risk since it is exposed. However, there are possibilities of breakage or problems for both the artificial tooth (crown) and the implant fixture as well as the abutment. Your dental implant is stronger than ever, but with enough force, there is still a risk of trauma, damage and loosening of the implant.

What you need to know about dental implants

When it comes to the implant fixture, it is possible to break, however, you can rest assured knowing the root is stronger than the bone surrounding it. The implant is also stronger than your natural tooth was. The implant fixture is the strongest part of the implant. The abutment is the connector of the implant fixture and the crown.

There is a possibility of breaking or bending or abutment. The abutment screw is considered the weak link of the three parts. Although the force of your bite is distributed from the crown to the implant fixture, it is still possible that the abutment screw can be bent or broken through any resulting trauma to the mouth.

The dental crown is very strong, it can still break with about the same amount of force necessary to break a natural tooth. Your dentist may have stronger options for you if this is a cause for concern. Thus, make sure to speak to your dentist about any questions or concerns you may have.

How to handle a damaged or broken implant

If you experience any bending, breaking or are concerned you may be experiencing problems regarding your implant, make sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment right away. Your tooth implant can last for the long haul. When combining the right dentist and proper care with your awareness of the possible problems that can occur, you will be able to avoid any possible damage, breakages or fractures.

If you do happen to experience any complications, you will know the proper steps to take and can act accordingly. Although there are possible risks, the success rate for a dental implant is very high.

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I have a mini tooth implant in my right molar tooth 2 years ago. Recently chewing starts to feel painful. Pain bearable. This is the 2nd time and also my 2nd mini implant in the tooth. I am certain mini implant is not for molar tooth but this dentist do not do conventional implant. Please advise.

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