If you have a dental implant or a crown, it will be subject to the same conditions and dangers as the rest of your teeth. It can break, loosen, or even fall out due to a variety of factors. Poor oral health, stress, or even injury can cause the implant to fail, but there is no reason to panic. Weston Dental Office has a simple guide you should follow in case your crown or implant needs urgent repair.
Why Do Implants Fall Out?
Dental implants and crowns are some of the most durable restoration options available. Implants are usually made from titanium and fused to the bone of the jaw. The top portion of the implant, the crown, is made from porcelain or ceramic.
Both parts of the implant are extremely strong, but the crown is the part exposed to the most stress. The normal pressure of eating and talking usually won’t damage it. However, grinding and other stresses can cause the whole unit to become weakened or even fall out over time. When the crown falls off, it can be replaced or reaffixed. If there is damage to the implant post, further repairs or even full replacement may be required.
The most common cause is the cement that binds the crown to the rest of the tooth breaking down. While most cement is properly cured, a false cure will result in a faster breakdown. If the actual crown breaks, it will need replacement. Sometimes the screw under the crown fails while the crown remains intact. In this case, the screw will need replacement before reapplying the crown to the base. The same goes for when the joint between the crown and the implant post gets damaged.
What Should I Do If My Implant Or Crown Becomes Loose?
The first thing you should do is call your dentist to make an appointment. If the tooth is simply loose, avoid eating hard or sticky foods until the damage has been assessed and repaired. For implants or crowns that have fallen out, set the whole unit aside in a container, and then clean the area in your mouth. Avoid eating food that is hard, sticky, or overly acidic until the crown and implant have been replaced.
It is important to make an appointment for repair as soon as possible. Open holes along the gum line may allow bacteria to fester in the adjoining healthy teeth. Never try to replace the crown or implant on your own. There is a serious choking danger if swallowed, and the implant and crown must be properly cleaned and secured.
If the implant or crown became dislodged due to other oral health concerns, your dentist will be able to treat the problem and install a new implant. In some cases, the bone below the implant may have dissolved which allowed the whole unit to fall out.
How Weston Dental Office Can Help
We understand the stress and worry that can occur at any time you are facing a dental emergency. Our Toronto dentist is always on call to help when you need us the most. Contact us at (416) 247-1928 for an emergency appointment if you are facing a problem with your dental crown or implant today.