Complications- Dental Implants Break!
Most can’t believe that a titanium dental implant can crack or break! It happens! More now than in the past.
Why do implants break?
Some dental implants are very thin at the top. Many people believe that a conical connection type is a better connection for the abutment and tooth. The problem with that style of implant is this happens a lot… Fracture! The conical design is good, if the the walls are thick enough to prevent a crack.
Obviously this is unrepairable and you have to start all over again and dig the implant out. You can’t save any of the parts usually. The implant needs to be removed.
I do not subscribe to these thin walled implants just because they have become popular.
The tried and true dental implants do not fracture like this.
Small molar implants break
Another problem happens when the implant is too small for a molar and of course the bite force is so heavy that you can even crack titanium.
I have found that many newer dentist also believe that implants are stronger than teeth and don’t need to be connected to one another. This is simply not the case as demonstrated by this photograph.
If the implant is loaded “off-axis” this also leads to a higher chance of breakage.
I have been doing these procedures for 20 years and I am extremely selective on the products I will use. This to me is unacceptable but I am seeing more and more of it in my office for removal.
30% of my practice is now dealing with dental implant problems. Do it right the first time and please work with a very skilled and experienced implant dentist.
Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
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