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Mar

Can Dental Implants Break?

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Dental implants have a pretty good track record with the success rate being over 90 percent. Occasionally, however, implants do fail and this is often due to the failure of the titanium (of which most implants are made) to fuse successfully with the bone.

 Implants Break

There are many reasons why this could occur. Some of these reasons include: surgical trauma, infection, smoking, brittle bones or (in rare cases) allergic reaction to titanium. In other cases, it could be due to the actions of the person. Sometimes chewing too vigorously or on something too hard can cause breakage. Your bite might also not come together properly due to improper alignment, causing too much force on the implant or the crown that the implant is supporting.

Poor Bone Support

Sometimes a patient’s bones may not be strong enough to support the new implants. If the bones are not healthy enough, the screws placed into them during surgery can become bones can facilitate tiny “micro movements” that will cause the implant to fail. In this case, the dentist will have to begin a new procedure taking into account the patient’s requirements.

Poor Blood Supply

If the bone is not receiving adequate blood supply then the healing process will be slowed down, increasing the chances of failure. Poor blood supply can be due to a medical condition or smoking. Patients are especially encouraged not to smoke after having implants. In fact if you have already been smoking before the implants, then the likelihood of failure will be much greater. Patients should ideally quit smoking 12 months before they have dental implants.

Poor Food Choices

People with dental implants should avoid foods that are crunchy. If there is too much pressure on the implant this could cause breakage. It doesn’t have to be indefinite but it is necessary to stick to soft foods during the healing period which could be a few weeks or a few months, depending on your particular case.

Infection

Like natural teeth, implants and their crowns must be maintained like real teeth. Failure to do so can lead to bacterial infection around the implant, causing the implant itself to weaken and become loose. You can use an electronic toothbrush for dental implants or you can use special toothbrushes that are effective for cleaning dental implants.

Try to keep the surrounding area of the implants clean, especially after surgery, as the surgical site is most susceptible to bacterial infection. You can use mouthwash but make sure it is non-alcoholic. You can also use warm water mixed with salt.

It is best to speak with a dentist when considering dental implants. Talk to the Thornhill Smile team and we will conduct a thorough examination to assess whether you are fit for dental implants.

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