Find out exactly what to do if your dental implant restoration is damaged.
Even though a dental implant is designed to last a lifetime (with the proper care, of course), the dental crown that is placed over the implant may not last forever. While crowns are made from durable materials they can still be damaged over time. Our Simsbury, CT, family dentist, Dr. Douglas Hope, is here to provide you with a little information about how he repairs a dental implant crown that has been cracked or damaged.
When you finally get your dental implant, our Simsbury dentist will provide you with all the information you need to keep your implant healthy. While we know the goal of every patient is to keep this artificial tooth replacement from getting damaged, we also know that accidents happen.
While a broken dental implant crown is not typically a true dental emergency (isn’t that a relief?) it’s still a good idea to give us a call if you have cracked or damaged the crown in any way so we can get you into our office within the next couple of days.
How is a dental implant crown repaired?
We will need to see the extent of the damage before we determine how to handle the problem. If the crack or chip is minimal sometimes all we will need to do is buff out the area to even it out and to prevent jagged edges from cutting your tongue or other soft tissue. In this case, this simple buffing process can be done without anesthesia and will only take a couple of minutes.
Of course, if you have a more serious crack or break that affects how the crown functions then this restoration is no longer viable and will need to be replaced with a brand new crown. Luckily, you’ve already gone through the process of getting a dental crown placed over the implant so you’ll know exactly what to expect the second time around (the process is no different).
For us to replace the crown we will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to a dental lab so they can create your new crown. A temporary crown will then be placed over the implant to protect it in the meantime. Once the permanent crown has been made (this typically takes about one week) you will come in for your final implant crown fitting.
Whether you have questions about getting dental implants in Simsbury, CT, or you want to talk to us about ways to maintain a healthy implant for life, our dental team is ready to meet your smile needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation or to have your dental implant questions answered.