General & Family Dentistry - Weymouth
Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
908 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02189
(781) 337-8700
By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

If you have a dental implant, chances are you do not even notice its presence in your smile. This tooth replacement option is effective and implant restorationdurable, blending right in with your natural teeth and not requiring you to perform any annoying extra steps in your daily oral care routine. However, though the chances are slim, your dental implant can become damaged or broken. Do you know what to do in this situation? Find out the best course of action for a broken dental implant with Dr. Harry Tatoian, Jr. at his practice in Weymouth, MA.

Understanding Dental Implants 
Dental implants use your body’s natural healing abilities, quality materials, and the strength of the bone in which your teeth sit to provide a durable and effective answer to missing teeth. The implant has a fixture, which lies within the jawbone, a prosthetic tooth, which replaces the missing tooth above the gumline, and the abutment, which connects the prosthetic to the fixture. These three parts work together to replace your tooth and its root, stimulating the bone to keep it healthy and prevent issues like bone atrophy.

What should I do if my implant breaks? 
If your implant breaks, the first and most important thing you can do is contact your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Seeing your dentist to work together in coming up with a solution as soon as possible will greatly decrease the chance that your implant will take further damage or cause other issues. If the implant’s fixture breaks, your dentist will most likely suggest removing it, letting the area heal, then replacing the whole implant. If just the prosthetic or abutment breaks, your dentist may be able to simply replace them.

Dental Implants in Weymouth, MA 
You should care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. See your dentist for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings at least twice a year.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Harry Tatoian, Jr. at his practice in Weymouth, MA. Call (781) 337-8700 to schedule our appointment with Dr. Tatoian today!