My dental implant has been driving me nuts. It all started when I had one dental implant done to replace a missing tooth. It had been some time, probably over 10 years that the tooth was missing. Unfortunately, that meant bone loss at the site. So, the dentist said I required bone grafting.
So, I had the grafting and waited until it healed. Then, by the time the implant was done and healed, it was probably well over a year before the final crown was done.
Would you believe that only two weeks after I had the crown done, it snapped right off. The dentist started from scratch, which meant another year of waiting and healing. This time around it took a few months before the thing snapped off again. What is going on? The dentist said he’d redo it again. However, I’m starting to lose faith. Any advice before I put myself through this all again?
-Bart in North Carolina
Well, it honestly sounds like it’s time to find a new implant dentist. Broken dental implants are not common and it should not be happening multiple times. Although it is rare for dental implants to break, there are usually a couple factors involved.
Reasons dental implants may break
The first possibility is that the dentist was using sub-standard products. High quality dental implants from a lab in the United States tend to be pricey. In fact, they are several hundred dollars. And if they are purchased overseas, they can be found for as little as a few dollars. So, some dentists may be tempted to cut corners on quality. There is simply no comparison. Cheaper dental implants mean more risk for breaking and infection. It is possible that the dentist wasn’t aware of the quality of the materials used. However, after one dental implant broke, that should be a wake-up call.
The other possibility is poor dental implant placement. A normal dental implant should be able to put up with extreme pressure and force. However, if you grind your teeth or place pressure on the restoration other than normal chewing, lesser quality products or a poor placement simply won’t hold up. If the placement is done correctly, the restoration should last for quite awhile. What you are experiencing is not normal.
Sadly, it is in your best interest to find a new implant dentist. Be sure to find out more about which dental laboratory and the products used. Hopefully, the third time is a charm.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.